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Theorizing Novel and Emerging Drug Use: A Motivational Typology

NCJ Number
Deviant Behavior Volume: 40 Issue: 9 Dated: 2019 Pages: 1105-1118
J. M. Miller; Holly V. Miller; Taylor L. Claxton
Date Published
14 pages
This study presents a motivational typology of the use of novel and emerging psychoactive drugs (NEPD) derived from interview data for a sample of offenders participating in jail-based drug treatment.
Novel and emerging psychoactive drugs (NEPDs), a research-based classification referencing 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. The current study's findings indicate four primary motives for NEPD use (experimentation, drug alternative, peer influence, and availability) and inform discussion for additional research and policy implications. (publisher abstract modified)