Pierluigi Simonato

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On the basis of the material available both in the scientific literature and on the web, this paper aims to provide a pharmacological, chemical and behavioural overview of the novel compound methoxetamine. This is a dissociative drug related to ketamine, with a much longer duration of action and intensity of effects. A critical discussion of the(More)
BACKGROUND Male and female physicians are at elevated suicide risk. The work environment has become a focus of attention as a possible contributor to this risk. The potential association between work environment and suicidal thoughts has been examined among female physicians in several countries, and significant findings have been reported. OBJECTIVE The(More)
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a somatoform disorder characterized by the patient’s excessive concern with an imagined or minor defect in physical appearance. Patients with BDD often have been observed in aesthetic surgery settings seeking surgical enhancement at a reported prevalence of 6% to 15%. Published studies in the general population tend to(More)
OBJECTIVES The recent emergence of new psychoactive compounds (novel psychoactive substances (NPS)) has raised prominent challenges in the fields of drug policy, substance use research, public health and service provision. The Recreational Drugs European Network project, funded by the European Commission, was implemented to improve the information stream to(More)
BACKGROUND Tropicamide is an antimuscarinic drug usually prescribed as an ophthalmic solution to induce short-term mydriasis and cycloplegia. Over the last 2 years, tropicamide has been reported in both Russia and Italy to be self-administered intravenously (IV) for recreational purposes. METHODS The literature on tropicamide was searched in PsycInfo and(More)
INTRODUCTION The use of novel psychoactive substances (NPSs) has rapidly increased as well as their online availability. The aim of this paper is to provide a comprehensive review of the nature and the risks associated with 25C-NBOMe, which has recently appeared in the drug market. METHODS A systematic analysis of the scientific literature and a(More)
BACKGROUND The recent emergence of new recreational drugs, combined with the ability of the Internet to disseminate information quickly, have raised a number of concerns in the fields of drug policy, substance use research, and public health. METHODS A semi-structured questionnaire was advertised on The Study Room's website from November to December 2010(More)
INTRODUCTION Novel psychoactive substances (NPS; a.k.a. 'legal highs' or 'smart drugs') are advertised online as 'safe' and 'legal' natural/synthetic analogues of controlled illicit drugs. However, only little research has been carried out in identifying the health professionals' knowledge and expertise relating to the intake of these compounds. METHODS(More)
The use of substances to enhance human abilities is a constant and cross-cultural feature in the evolution of humanity. Although much has changed over time, the availability on the Internet, often supported by misleading marketing strategies, has made their use even more likely and risky. This paper will explore the case of Mitragyna speciosa Korth.(More)
Objective. Applications for aesthetic surgery may provide a good vantage point for assessing the psychiatric and personological aspects of subjects seeking cosmetic enhancement. Body dysmorphic disorder is relatively frequent (6-15%) among plastic surgery and dermatology patients. The aim of our study was to analyse the psychopathological profile,(More)