The recreational use of novel psychoactive substances (NPSs) is a growing public health concern especially amongst young adults.
NPSs may be labelled as other products, such as ‘Bath salts’, or sold ‘not for human consumption’.
NPSs are often created by small alterations to chemical structures. This may, however, incur significant changes in their pharmacology.
Synthetic cathinones can present with life-threatening complications of the sympathomimetic and serotonergic toxidromes.
Synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonist use may result in a sympathomimetic toxidrome.
The recreational use of novel psychoactive substances (NPSs) is a growing public health concern. Until recently, these brightly coloured and ‘branded’ substances (Fig. 1) were readily available from retail outlets known as ‘head shops’ or the internet. In...