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Emerging Trends in Drug Use and Distribution

  • Concise and timely study of emerging drug abuse trends

  • Examines the effect of media and the internet on semi-legal drug trends and enforcement

  • Includes public health and policy recommendations


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. David N. Khey, John Stogner, Bryan Lee Miller
    Pages 1-12
  3. David N. Khey, John Stogner, Bryan Lee Miller
    Pages 13-32
  4. David N. Khey, John Stogner, Bryan Lee Miller
    Pages 33-51
  5. David N. Khey, John Stogner, Bryan Lee Miller
    Pages 53-73
  6. David N. Khey, John Stogner, Bryan Lee Miller
    Pages 75-93
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 95-99

About this book


​​​This Brief explores emerging trends in drug use and distribution. This timely Brief examines recent examples of emerging drugs including salvia (from the plant Salvia divinorum), bath salts (and other synthetic stimulants) and so-called research chemicals (primarily substituted phenethylamines, synthetic cousins of ecstasy), which have tended to receive brief levels of high intensity media coverage that may or may not reflect an actual increase in their usage. Over the past decade in particular, “new” substances being used recreationally seem to come out of obscurity and gain rapid popularity, particularly spurred on by discussion and distribution over the internet. While changing trends in the drug market have always presented a challenge for law enforcement and public health officials, online forums, media coverage and other recent trends discussed in this Brief allow them to gain popularity more quickly and change more frequently. These rapid shifts allow less time for researchers to understand the potential health consequences of these substances and for law enforcement to stay abreast of abuses of legal substances. This work includes: 1) review of relevant research and literature, 2) review the Internet sources in which many deem important in influencing the emerging drug market, 3) discussion of national and international trends in use, abuse and distribution of these substances and 4) examination of current drug policy and recommendations for the future. This brief will be useful for criminology and criminal justice, sociology and public health. It will also be useful for those that deal with youth and the problems that may develop during adolescence and early adulthood. ​​


Bath Salts Drug Policy Drug Trafficking Emerging Drugs Semi-Legal Drug Market Substance Abuse

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeLoyola UniversityNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Criminal JusticeUniversity of North Carolina CharlotteCharlotteUSA
  3. 3.Dept of Criminal Justice and CriminologyGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboroUSA

About the authors

David N. Khey has focused his research on a few areas in criminology, criminal justice and forensic science. In particular, he is currently investigating campus crime and deviance; drug policy, control and toxicology and the changing evidentiary power of forensic science technologies. In this topical area, Dr. Khey has presented research on drug and alcohol use/abuse and provided policy analysis to local and state officials in Florida. A highlight of this work includes an invitation to address the Governor's Office Drug Policy Advisory Council in 2007. Dr. Khey is an active member of the American Society of Criminology, American Academy of Forensic Sciences and Southern Criminal Justice Association.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Emerging Trends in Drug Use and Distribution
  • Authors David N. Khey
    John Stogner
    Bryan Lee Miller
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Criminology
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs Criminology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-03574-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-03575-8
  • Series ISSN 2192-8533
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-8541
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 99
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Criminology and Criminal Justice, general
    Public Health
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