Designer Benzodiazepines

New Challenges and Treatment Options

Authored by: Peter D. Maskell , Nathan E. Wilson

Handbook of Novel Psychoactive Substances

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138068292
eBook ISBN: 9781315158082
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In Chapter 19, “Designer Benzodiazepines: New Challenges and Treatment Options”, Peter Maskell and Nathan Wilson focus on new designer/NPS benzodiazepines, which have been recently detected and caused a series of fatalities in both the United States and the United Kingdom. This chapter provides an overview on benzodiazepine abuse, including desired and side effects, while drawing parallels with licenced benzodiazepines and how new benzodiazepines have emerged inside that framework of abuse. The chapter also explores the cases of acute hospital admission and provides advice for the clinical management in case of overdose and intoxication.

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