Spotting the Diffusion of New Psychoactive Substances over the Internet

  • Fabio Del VignaEmail author
  • Marco Avvenuti
  • Clara Bacciu
  • Paolo Deluca
  • Marinella Petrocchi
  • Andrea Marchetti
  • Maurizio Tesconi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9897)


Online availability and diffusion of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) represents an emerging threat to healthcare systems. In this work, we analyse drugs forums, online shops, and Twitter. By mining the data from these sources, it is possible to understand the dynamics of drug diffusion and its endorsement, as well as timely detect new substances. We propose a set of visual analytics tools to support analysts in tackling NPS spreading and provide a better insight about drugs market and analysis.


NPS data mining Drugs forums NPS online shops Data visualisation and exploration NPS detection Visual analytics Social media analysis 



This publication arises from the project CASSANDRA (Computer Assisted Solutions for Studying the Availability aNd DistRibution of novel psychoActive substances), which has received funding from the European Union under the ISEC programme: Prevention of and fight against crime [JUST2013/ISEC/DRUGS/AG/6414].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabio Del Vigna
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Marco Avvenuti
    • 1
  • Clara Bacciu
    • 2
  • Paolo Deluca
    • 3
  • Marinella Petrocchi
    • 2
  • Andrea Marchetti
    • 2
  • Maurizio Tesconi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information EngineeringUniversity of PisaPisaItaly
  2. 2.Institute of Informatics and Telematics (IIT-CNR)PisaItaly
  3. 3.Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and NeuroscienceKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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