Phenomenon of new drugs on the Internet: The case of ketamine derivative methoxetamine

Ornella Corazza, Fabrizio Schifano, Pierluigi Simonato, Suzanne Fergus, Sulaf Assi, Jacqueline Stair, John Corkery, Giuseppina Trincas, Paolo Deluca, Zoe Davey, Ursula Blaszko, Zsolt Demetrovics, Jacek Moskalewicz, Aurora Enea, Barbara Mervo, Lucia Di Furia, Magi Farre, Liv Flesland, Manuela Pasinetti, Cinzia PezzolesiAgnieszka Pisarska, Harry Shapiro, Holger Siemann, Arvid Skutle, Giuditta Di Melchiorre, Elias Sferrazza, Marta Torrens, Peer Van Der Kreeft, Daniela Zummo, Norbert Scherbaum

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On the basis of the material available both in the scientific literature and on the web, this paper aims to provide a pharmacological, chemical and behavioural overview of the novel compound methoxetamine. This is a dissociative drug related to ketamine, with a much longer duration of action and intensity of effects. A critical discussion of the availability of information on the web of methoxetamine as a new recreational trend is here provided. Those methodological limitations, which are intrinsically associated with the analysis of online, non-peer reviewed, material, are here discussed as well. It is concluded that the online availability of information on novel psychoactive drugs, such as methoxethanine, may constitute a pressing public health challenge. Better international collaboration levels and novel forms of intervention are necessary to tackle this fast-growing phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-149
Number of pages5
JournalHuman Psychopharmacology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2012


  • Internet monitoring
  • designer drugs
  • ketamine
  • methoxetamine
  • research chemicals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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    Corazza, O., Schifano, F., Simonato, P., Fergus, S., Assi, S., Stair, J., Corkery, J., Trincas, G., Deluca, P., Davey, Z., Blaszko, U., Demetrovics, Z., Moskalewicz, J., Enea, A., Mervo, B., Di Furia, L., Farre, M., Flesland, L., Pasinetti, M., ... Scherbaum, N. (2012). Phenomenon of new drugs on the Internet: The case of ketamine derivative methoxetamine. Human Psychopharmacology, 27(2), 145-149.