Aim of the study: The German pages of the Internet were searched for the presence of the hallucinogenic herbal drug Salvia divinorum, which is not dealt with the current addiction medicine or psychiatric text books. The investigation is part of the UE sponsored project "Psychonaut" as preparatory work for the development of an Internet-based early warning system. Methods: The first 100 websites of the search using "Salvia divinorum" were compared with the search results for "cannabis" and "LSD". The following aspects of the sites were especially analyzed: the originator, marketing of drugs, and the attitude towards drug use. Results: Salvia was offered for sale on approximately a third of the sites (29%): cannabis and LSD were not marketed of any sites. Official websites such as those from governmental organizations or universities were seldom found when searching for "Salvia divinorum", and then only under the last hits. The percentage of institutional sites (e.g. public organizations) were 12% with Salvia, 21% with cannabis, and 38% with LSD. A drug-friendly attitude was found at 64% of the sites with regard to Salvia, 58% for cannabis, and 24% for LSD. Conclusion: The drug help system must be aware of that the Internet is a source of drug-related information, and of drug trade. As this investigation shows, sites often have a drug-friendly attitude. The low availability of official information on Salvia divinorum (also outside the Internet) relative to the presence of drug-friendly or drug trading sites is an indication that new trends of drug consumption can be tracked in the Internet before they will be found in official literature.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Salvia divinorum - Representation of a new drug in the internet
|Number of pages
|Published - 1 May 2006
- Psychonaut project
- Salvia divinorum
- Trends in drug abuse