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Fields & Applications Liquid Chromatography, Pharma & Biopharma

The Analytical War on Novel Psychoactive Substances

“Have you tried plant food?” Why anybody would eat plant food let alone abuse its use is bemusing. And yet, this is one of the many names given to “legal highs” or, as they’re more formally known, novel psychoactive substances (NPS). These designer drugs are produced in clandestine laboratories and given mercurial names to circumvent drug legislation – and they are not going away. “We have got to the point where young people think they are safe because of the word ‘legal,’” said the mother of a victim of NPS abuse. We tend to agree with her.

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Melanie Voigt, Anika Gold, Christina Blaesing, Timo Hoelscher and Martin Jaeger are researchers at Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Instrumental Analytical Chemistry, Germany.

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