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The Toxicology of New Psychoactive Substances (NSP): epidemiology of consumption by the analysis of hair and oral fluid samples

Grant number: 18/00432-1
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: July 01, 2018 - September 30, 2020
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Pharmacy - Toxicological Analysis
Principal researcher:José Luiz da Costa
Grantee:José Luiz da Costa
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas (FCF). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Karina Diniz Oliveira ; Marcos Nogueira Eberlin


The abuse of psychoactive substances is a huge social and public health problem throughout the world. The New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) represent the most relevant group of drugs of abuse today, both due to the enormous diversity of substances that make up the group and the lack of toxicological or epidemiological data. NPS are substances or mixtures of psychoactive substances produced in clandestine laboratories by chemical synthesis from precursor substances found in nature or not. They can be synthesized by small modifications in the structure of molecules that already have known biological activity. They are often used to provide the user with effects similar to those produced by "traditional" and illicit drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). NPS have become a serious public health problem, with reports worldwide of hospitalizations and user deaths following severe poisoning by these agents. Several countries have periodic or recurrent reports on NPS-type abuse substances identified in police seizures or party settings (where these substances are commonly consumed), which is not been done in Brazil yet. This information gives support not only epidemiological and statistical, but also helps to understand variations in drug trafficking and consumption by period of time (month or year) and region of the country. In addition, it may assist poisoning centers to be prepared for possible intoxications caused by these new toxic agents. This project aims to generate the first epidemiological data regarding the use of NPS in São Paulo state, through the analysis of samples of oral fluid and hair collected at parties of electronic music (the primary place where these substances are used). It is expected to obtain the first data on the consumption of this new and important group of drugs of abuse in our country in order to establish the main substances in circulation and their respective stay in the festive environment as the national legislation includes the NPS detected by the police forces in the list of banned substances. To this end, the project will also assist clinical toxicology centers in improving clinical and laboratory diagnosis of poisoning by different NPS classes, ensuring faster and safer medical treatment. (AU)

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Scientific publications (8)
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FURIOZO ARANTES, ANA CAROLINA; DA CUNHA, KELLY FRANCISCO; CARDOSO, MARILIA SANTORO; OLIVEIRA, KARINA DINIZ; COSTA, JOSE LUIZ. Development and validation of quantitative analytical method for 50 drugs of antidepressants, benzodiazepines and opioids in oral fluid samples by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Forensic Toxicology, v. 39, n. 1 DEC 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
DA CUNHA, KELLY FRANCISCO; RODRIGUES, LEONARDO COSTALONGA; HUESTIS, MARILYN A.; COSTA, JOSE LUIZ. Miniaturized extraction method for analysis of synthetic opioids in urine by microextraction with packed sorbent and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography A, v. 1624, AUG 2 2020. Web of Science Citations: 1.
DA CUNHA, KELLY FRANCISCO; LANARO, RAFAEL; MARTINS, ALINE FRANCO; OLIVEIRA, KARINA DINIZ; COSTA, JOSE LUIZ. Use of injection-port derivatization for the analysis of cocaine and its metabolites in urine by gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Forensic Toxicology, AUG 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
DE MORAIS, DAMILA RODRIGUES; DA CUNHA, KELLY FRANCISCO; RODRIGUES, TAIS BETONI; LANARO, RAFAEL; BARBOSA, LILIAN DE MELO; ZACCA, JORGE JARDIM; EBERLIN, MARCOS NOGUEIRA; COSTA, JOSE LUIZ. Triple quadrupole-mass spectrometry protocols for the analysis of NBOMes and NBOHs in blotter papers. Forensic Science International, v. 309, APR 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
RODRIGUES DE MORAIS, DAMILA; CAMPELO, JACQUELINE DE MORAIS; RAZZO, DANIEL; EBERLIN, MARCOS NOGUEIRA; COSTA, JOSE LUIZ; SANTOS, JANDYSON MACHADO. Forensic determination of crossing lines involving stamp and pen inks by mass spectrometry imaging. ANALYTICAL METHODS, v. 12, n. 7, p. 951-958, FEB 21 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
RODRIGUEZ CABAL, LUIS FELIPE; VARGAS MEDINA, DEYBER ARLEY; COSTA, JOSE LUIZ; LANCAS, FERNANDO MAURO; SANTOS-NETO, ALVARO JOSE. Determination of ring-substituted amphetamines through automated online hollow fiber liquid-phase microextraction-liquid chromatography. ANALYTICAL AND BIOANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, v. 411, n. 29, p. 7889-7897, NOV 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
COSTA, JOSE LUIZ; CUNHA, KELLY FRANCISCO; LANARO, RAFAEL; CUNHA, RICARDO LEAL; WALTHER, DONNA; BAUMANN, MICHAEL H. Analytical quantification, intoxication case series, and pharmacological mechanism of action for N-ethylnorpentylone (N-ethylpentylone or ephylone). DRUG TESTING AND ANALYSIS, v. 11, n. 3, p. 461-471, MAR 2019. Web of Science Citations: 4.
DA CUNHA, KELLY FRANCISCO; EBERLIN, MARCOS NOGUEIRA; HUESTIS, MARILYN A.; COSTA, JOSE LUIZ. NBOMe instability in whole blood. Forensic Toxicology, v. 37, n. 1, p. 82-89, JAN 2019. Web of Science Citations: 1.

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