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Novel Psychoactive Substances and Behavioral Addictions


Publishing date
05 Sep 2014
Status
Published
Submission deadline
18 Apr 2014

1Department of Neuroscience and Imaging, University “G.d’Annunzio”, Chieti, Italy

2Department of Postgraduate Medicine, School of Life and Medical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, College Lane Campus, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK

3Mental Health and Psychiatry Department, University Hospital, Geneve, Switzerland

4Department of Clinical Psychology and Addiction, Institute of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary


Novel Psychoactive Substances and Behavioral Addictions

Description

The first novel (or new) psychoactive substance (NPS) of recent times was 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) or ‘ecstasy’ in the mid-1990s. Since then, over 700 NPSs and products allegedly containing them have been identified. NPS include a wide range of synthetic cathinones and cannabinoids, the ketamine analogue methoxetamine, and the phenethylamines derivatives, just to mention a few examples. Despite the rapid growth in the production and sale of these synthesized chemical products, there is still a distinct paucity of evidence-based information available for health and other professionals working in the field of drug addiction. There is a serious lack of up-to-date scientific literature on NPS effects, potential risks, pharmacological effects, and forms of interventions.

At the same time, on the other side, behavioral addictions, also known as “addiction without the substance”, are also rapidly increasing, with pathological gambling and internet gaming disorder at the highest level. Pathological gambling is a prevalent public health problem associated with depression, substance misuse, crime, and suicide, involving dysfunction in several brain regions, particularly the frontal cortex and striatum. Neurochemical findings suggest roles for dopaminergic and serotonergic systems, but results from clinical trials seem more equivocal.

With this special issue, we invite investigators to contribute with original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand these dramatic changes in the addiction field. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Evolution of the drug scenario: biological, behavioral, and sociological aspects
  • Description, classification, and diffusion of Novel Psychoactive Substances
  • Description, classification, and epidemiology of behavioral addictions
  • Neurobiological consequences of NPS’s use
  • Pharmacodynamic aspects and NPS
  • Possible pharmacological strategies for NPS abuse/intoxication
  • Psychopathological symptoms induced by NPS
  • Neurobiological causes and consequences of pathological gambling
  • Pharmacotherapy of pathological gambling
  • Psychiatric comorbidities of behavioural addictions
  • Prevention, innovation, and e-Health

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/pharmacology/nps/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 534523
  • - Editorial

Novel Psychoactive Substances and Behavioral Addictions

Giovanni Martinotti | Ornella Corazza | ... | Zsolt Demetrovics
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 617546
  • - Research Article

Substance Use in the Club Scene of Rome: A Pilot Study

Alessandro Emiliano Vento | Giovanni Martinotti | ... | Fabrizio Schifano
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 360585
  • - Research Article

Early Detection of Pathological Gambling: Betting on GPs’ Beliefs and Attitudes

Sophia Achab | Anne Chatton | ... | Yasser Khazaal
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 815424
  • - Research Article

Novel Psychoactive Substances in Young Adults with and without Psychiatric Comorbidities

Giovanni Martinotti | Matteo Lupi | ... | Massimo di Giannantonio
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 315062
  • - Research Article

Video Game Addiction in Gambling Disorder: Clinical, Psychopathological, and Personality Correlates

Susana Jiménez-Murcia | Fernando Fernández-Aranda | ... | José M. Menchón
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 680985
  • - Research Article

Adult Separation Anxiety and TCI-R Personality Dimensions in Patients with Anxiety, Alcohol Use, and Gambling: A Preliminary Report

Gino Pozzi | Angelo Bruschi | ... | Luigi Janiri
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 930795
  • - Research Article

Prevalence and Correlates of Binge Drinking among Young Adults Using Alcohol: A Cross-Sectional Survey

Francesco Bartoli | Daniele Carretta | ... | Giuseppe Carrà
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 841798
  • - Review Article

Sexual Enhancement Products for Sale Online: Raising Awareness of the Psychoactive Effects of Yohimbine, Maca, Horny Goat Weed, and Ginkgo biloba

Ornella Corazza | Giovanni Martinotti | ... | Selim Cellek
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 927685
  • - Research Article

Individual Differences in Gambling Proneness among Rats and Common Marmosets: An Automated Choice Task

Francesca Zoratto | Emma Sinclair | ... | Walter Adriani
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