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Drug Test Anal. 2018 Jan;10(1):120-126. doi: 10.1002/dta.2225. Epub 2017 Jul 26.

Assessing the toxicological significance of new psychoactive substances in fatalities.

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1
Alere Forensics, Malvern Hills Science Park, Worcestershire, UK.
2
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), Lisbon, Portugal.

Abstract

The number of new psychoactive substances (NPS) has increased significantly, especially within the last 5 years. The EMCDDA conducts risks assessments of such substances, especially in relation to serious adverse events. Examination of the individual health risks of a substance is a fundamental requirement of the process. Based on a number of considerations, the Toxicological Significance Score has been developed to support the risk assessment of NPS by allowing the role of a substance in deaths to be better assessed and classified.

PMID:
28635164
DOI:
10.1002/dta.2225
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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