Drugs on the web; the Psychonaut 2002 EU project

Fabrizio Schifano (Lead / Corresponding author), Paolo Deluca, Alex Baldacchino, Teuvo Peltoniemi, Norbert Scherbaum, Marta Torrens, Magi Farrě, Irene Flores, Mariangela Rossi, Dorte Eastwood, Claude Guionnet, Salman Rawaf, Lisa Agosti, Lucia Di Furia, Raffaella Brigada, Aino Majava, Holger Siemann, Mauro Leoni, Antonella Tomasin, Francesco RovettoA. Hamid Ghodse, on behalf of the Psychonaut 2002 research group

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    Abstract

    Purpose: Only a few formal assessments of websites with drug-related contents have been carried out. We aimed here at fostering collection and analysis of data from web pages related to information on consumption, manufacture and sales of psychoactive substances. General methods: An 8-language, two-engine, assessment of the information available in a purposeful sample of 1633 unique websites was carried out. Findings: A pro-drug and a harm reduction approach were evident, respectively, in 18% and 10% of websites accessed. About 1 in 10 websites offered either psychoactive compounds for sale or detailed data on drugs' synthesis/extraction procedures. Information on a number of psychoactive substances and on unusual drugs' combinations not found in the Medline was elicited. Conclusions: This represents the first review which is both comprehensive and multilingual of the online available information on psychoactive compounds. Health professionals may need to be aware of the web being a new drug resource for information and possibly purchase.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)640-646
    Number of pages7
    JournalProgress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
    Volume30
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

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    Schifano, F., Deluca, P., Baldacchino, A., Peltoniemi, T., Scherbaum, N., Torrens, M., Farrě, M., Flores, I., Rossi, M., Eastwood, D., Guionnet, C., Rawaf, S., Agosti, L., Di Furia, L., Brigada, R., Majava, A., Siemann, H., Leoni, M., Tomasin, A., ... on behalf of the Psychonaut 2002 research group (2006). Drugs on the web; the Psychonaut 2002 EU project. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 30(4), 640-646. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pnpbp.2005.11.035