Emerging Substances of Concern
"Taking ecstasy is no more dangerous than riding a horse". How did one simple statement made by a UK Government advisory panel spark global deaths from a new psychoactive drug? Dr Shaun Greene delves into the story of 'Mephedrone', AKA 'Meow Meow' or 'Cat', and how this new psychoactive substance (NPS) has become an emerging substance of concern.
Dr Shaun Greene is a clinical toxicologist and emergency medicine physician who works at Austin Health in Melbourne. He is currently medical director of the Victorian Poisons Information Centre and director of the Austin Hospital Clinical Toxicology Service. Shaun trained as a clinical toxicologist in the United Kingdom where he developed a keen professional interest in recreational drugs. His research interests include novel psychoactive substances and pharmaceutical opioid harm reduction.