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Med Klin Intensivmed Notfmed. 2013 Sep;108(6):484-90. doi: 10.1007/s00063-013-0219-1. Epub 2013 Aug 24.

[Not all drugs are the same].

[Article in German]

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Drug use has changed dramatically in recent years. Classic drugs such as marijuana, heroin, and cocaine are being pushed progressively into the background. Consumer behavior has also changed and so-called designer drugs dominate the market. Designer drugs are synthetic or semi-synthetic drugs based on a well-known substance. Mostly amphetamine derivates, synthetic cannabinoids, and synthetic cathinone are used. Legal monitoring capabilities are limited, since these substances are so-called legal highs and are commercially available. A ban often follows a latency period. Estimating the risk is difficult, and the problem of intoxication increases. This overview presents the activity profiles and risks of classic and new drugs.

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