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Theorizing Novel and Emerging Drug Use: A Motivational Typology Deviant Behavior

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J. M. Miller; Holly Ventura Miller; Taylor L. Claxton
Date Published
14 pages
This study presents a motivational typology of the use of novel and emerging psychoactive drugs (NEPDs), which was developed from interviews with a sample of offenders participating in jail-based drug treatment.
NEPDs, which is a research-based classification that references a wide range of natural plant-derived substances and synthetic compounds, have garnered considerable academic attention in recent years. Most of the scientific literature on NEPDs presents definitional overviews of specific substances in terms of their chemical composition and toxicology or socio-legal commentary. Findings of the current study revealed four primary motives for NEPD use among those interviewed: experimentation, drug alternative, peer influence, and availability. These findings can inform discussion of additional research and policy implications. (publisher abstract modified)