Data from: Use of novel psychoactive substances by inpatients on general adult psychiatric wards

Jack L. Stanley, Daniel V. Mogford, Rebecca J. Lawrence & Stephen M. Lawrie
Objectives: Non-illicit alternatives to controlled drugs, known as Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) have recently risen to prominence. They are readily available with uncertain pharmacology and no widely available assay. Given that psychiatric patients are at risk of comorbid substance abuse, we hypothesized that NPS use would be present in the psychiatric population, and sought to determine its prevalence and investigate the characteristics of those who use these drugs with a retrospective review of discharge letters....
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