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Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation

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The following Article Collection/ Thematic Series is currently open for submissions:

Last laugh: dangers of nitrous oxide misuse

Dove Medical Press is pleased to invite you to submit your research to an upcoming Thematic Series on “Last laugh: dangers of nitrous oxide misuse”, edited by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Rajendra D. Badgaiyan in Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation.

Upon submission, please use the promo code IOBXB for 20% off the advertised article processing charge and indicate that your manuscript will be considered for the Thematic Series of “Last laugh: dangers of Nitrous Oxide misuse”. The deadline for manuscripts is the 31 May 2024.

For any enquiries, please email Darcy Hodge, Commissioning Editor at [email protected]

About the Thematic Series

Typical clinical use of nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, is for sedation during painful procedures. However, in recent years the misuse of nitrous oxide as a recreational drug has become prominent, known for its instantaneous and pleasant effects. Less than pleasant, though, are the psychological and physical consequences of nitrous oxide misuse. Users may experience euphoria related to nitrous oxide use, but drug-induced psychosis, mood disorders, and traumatic brain injuries are equally as likely.

Outcomes of misuse are not limited to the brain, as embolisms, neuropathy, myelopathy, esophagus damage and more are linked to nitrous oxide misuse. Moreover, constant inhalation of the substance may lead to vitamin deficiencies, leading to the body attempting to futilely compensate. The psychological “high” from nitrous oxide leaves individuals vulnerable to physical harm, as risk assessment falters, meaning injuries whilst intoxicated are common.

How do we treat these psychological and physiological outcomes? Treatment can include counteracting the imbalances nitrous oxide leads to, successfully reducing side effects. For the behavior itself, research may branch out into other substances and apply effective treatments to nitrous oxide misuse. Moreover, psychological support may uncover the underlying reasons for misuse. This Thematic Series also seeks to investigate how to prevent nitrous oxide misuse as it rises in popularity as a substance, including risk factors leading to misuse, social factors affecting use, improving knowledge and more.

The journal is seeking original submissions and review articles on the following topics related to nitrous oxide misuse and related issues:

• Incidence of drug-induced psychosis
• Relationship to later psychotic and mood disorders
• Traumatic Brain Injury (TBIs) related to nitrous oxide misuse
• Damage to the nervous system through myelopathy, neuropathy and more
• Cardiovascular and respiratory side effects including embolisms, emphysema and more
• Vitamin deficiencies and subsequent consequences
• Self-injury through substance misuse
• Treatment by countering physiological abnormalities
• Tapering the addiction cravings and behavior using cobalamin injections
• Efficacy of treatments for other substance misuse disorders to treat nitrous oxide misuse
• Detection of risk factors for nitrous oxide misuse
• Prevention through harm-reduction campaigns and information sharing

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Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Rajendra D. Badgaiyan

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What is the advantage to you of publishing in Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation?

  • It is an open access journal which means that your paper is available to anyone in the world to download for free directly from the Dove website.
  • Unlike many traditional journals, your paper will not be rejected due to lack of space. We are an electronic journal and there are no limits on the number or size of the papers we can publish.
  • The time from submission to a decision being made on a paper can, in many journals, take some months and this is very frustrating for authors. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation has a quicker turnaround time than this. Generally peer review is complete within 3-4 weeks and the editor’s decision within 2-14 days of this. It is therefore very rare to have to wait more than 6 weeks for first editorial decision.
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Yours sincerely
Dr Rajendra D. Badgaiyan
Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation

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