University of Hertfordshire

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The Unit facilitates the development of powerful working groups who have had considerable success in gaining EU-based external funding, and producing high-impact research.

The Psychopharmacology, Drug Misuse and Novel Psychoactive Substances Research Unit has a close connection, some shared membership and interests with the Medicinal and Analytical Chemistry Group (MACG), particularly in respect of NPS and natural products.

Research areas

The Unit has carried out research projects in a range of areas, including:

  • Epidemiology of drug misuse, including drug mortality and 'near misses', and associated indicators
  • Pharmacovigilance/toxicovigilance approaches in assessing the abuse potential of prescription and 'over the counter' drugs
  • Web-based studies of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and traditional drugs
  • Deep web; dark net; and NPS trading
  • NPS and preclinical pharmacological issues
  • Analytical chemistry issues relating to NPS
  • Performance- and Image-Enhancing (PIEDs; lifestyle drugs) drugs’ misuse



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