Special Issue "Drug Exposure: The Effects of Alcohol, Nicotine, Cannabis, and Other Illicit Drugs"

A special issue of Journal of Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2077-0383). This special issue belongs to the section "Psychiatry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Carmen Mannucci

Guest Editor
Department of Biomedical and Dental Sciences and Morphofunctional Imaging, University of Messina, Messina, Italy
Interests: pharmacology and toxicology of drugs; drugs of abuse; food supplements and herbal products

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Illicit drugs are defined as a class of substances that either stimulate or inhibit the central nervous system, while also provoking psychotomimetic effects. Generally, this term refers to opioids, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine-type substances, and ecstasy group substances.

Despite the almost global prohibition of these substances by national and international laws, the consumption of illicit drugs has increased over the years, generating abuse and dependence problems.

Many illicit drugs can cause serious health risks, even when consumed in small doses. Some drugs can cause addiction after a few administrations, causing, in some cases, a high risk of overdose or exposure to severe toxicity. 

Three main factors determining the harm associated with drugs of potential abuse include the physical harm to the individual user caused by the drug toxicity, the tendency of the drugs of abuse to induce dependence, and the effect of drug use on relatives, friends, communities, and society.

In this Special Issue, attention will be paid to current knowledge of the different pharmacological and toxicological aspects of drug exposure, and to the health effects of most common illicit drugs such as nicotine, cocaine, cannabis, heroin and newly emerging potential classes of drugs of abuse.

Dr. Carmen Mannucci
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • drugs of abuse
  • illicit drugs exposure
  • dependence
  • addiction
  • club drugs

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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