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Synthetic Cathinones

Novel Addictive and Stimulatory Psychoactive Substances

  • Jolanta B. Zawilska


  • First book to explore the chemical structure, detection, and usage of synthetic cathinones

  • Intended for scientists, clinicians, and academicians

  • Discusses acute and chronic toxicity of synthetic cathinones


Part of the Current Topics in Neurotoxicity book series (Current Topics Neurotoxicity, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Trevor Archer, Richard M. Kostrzewa
    Pages 1-10
  3. Jolanta B. Zawilska, Jakub Wojcieszak
    Pages 11-24
  4. Nilesh B. Patel
    Pages 25-40
  5. Kei Zaitsu
    Pages 71-96
  6. Krystyna Gołembiowska, Katarzyna Kamińska
    Pages 117-124
  7. Steven J. Simmons, Erin Kim, Taylor A. Gentile, Ali Murad, John W. Muschamp, Scott M. Rawls
    Pages 125-152
  8. John M. Corkery, Amira Guirguis, Duccio G. Papanti, Laura Orsolini, Fabrizio Schifano
    Pages 153-189
  9. Laurent Karila, Amine Benyamina
    Pages 191-202
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 205-207

About this book


Over the last decade a rapidly increasing number of novel psychoactive substance (NPSs), often marketed as “designer drugs”, “legal highs”, “herbal highs”, “research or intermediate chemicals” and “laboratory reagents”, has appeared on the drug market worldwide in an effort to bypass controlled substance legislation. NPSs encompass a wide range of different compounds and drug classes but had been dominated by synthetic cannabinomimetics and psychostimulatory synthetic cathinones, so-called b-keto amphetamines. Compounds from the later class were first detected in Europe in 2004, and since that time more than 130 new cathinones have been identified and reported to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. The rapid and extensive worldwide rise of synthetic cathinone abuse is attracting increasing attention, due to many intoxications and overdose deaths.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jolanta B. Zawilska
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PharmacodynamicsMedical University of ŁódźŁódźPoland

About the editors

Jolanta Zawilska is Professor at the Academy of Sciences in Lodz, Poland and Chief of the Chronobiology lab at the Centre for Medical Biology. Dr. Zawilska obtained her PhD in Pharmacology  at the Medical University of Lodz. She has over 35 years of experience in pharmacology/pharmacodynamics and chronobiology. She has written numerous publications and has received awards in recognition of her research.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Synthetic Cathinones
  • Book Subtitle Novel Addictive and Stimulatory Psychoactive Substances
  • Editors Jolanta B. Zawilska
  • Series Title Current Topics in Neurotoxicity
  • Series Abbreviated Title Current Topics Neurotoxicity
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-78706-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-08769-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-78707-7
  • Series ISSN 2363-9563
  • Series E-ISSN 2363-9571
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 207
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurosciences
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