Is the issue of Chemsex changing?

doi: 10.7417/CT.2019.2157

  • F. Pirani Section of Legal Medicine, Department of Excellence, Biomedical Sciences and Public Health, University “Politecnica delle Marche” of Ancona, Italy
  • A. F. Lo Faro Section of Legal Medicine, Department of Excellence, Biomedical Sciences and Public Health, University “Politecnica delle Marche” of Ancona, Italy
  • A. Tini Section of Legal Medicine, Department of Excellence, Biomedical Sciences and Public Health, University “Politecnica delle Marche” of Ancona, Italy

Abstract

In this letter, which is meant as a response to  the letter titled “Sex enhancers: challenges, threats and the need for targeted measures”, the Authors discuss the evolution of Chemsex phenomenon towards at least two directions: firstly, the use of psychoactive and non-psychoactive substances usually implicated in Chemsex, such as GHB/GBL, ketamine, mephedrone and other synthetic cathinones and erectile dysfunction medications, is currently accompanied by the use of illicit opioids, which have recently been indicated as a new serious health threat for consumers. In addition, as reported by the last European Drug report, the simultaneous use of illicit benzodiazepines with non-medical opioids misuse has also been observed.


Secondly, strictly linked to the rising use of non-medical opioids is the risk of transition towards heroine followed by the adoption of risky injection practices frequently accompanied by high-risk sexual behaviors.


In this sense, the current definition of the phenomenon as “the voluntary intake of certain psychoactive and non- psychoactive drugs in the context of sex parties and sexual intercourses with the intention of facilitating and/or enhancing the sexual encounter mostly among men who have sex with other men (MSM)” has been expanded to “heterosexual chemsex”

Published
2019-09-30
How to Cite
PIRANI, F.; LO FARO, A. F.; TINI, A.. Is the issue of Chemsex changing?. La Clinica Terapeutica, [S.l.], v. 170, n. 5, p. e337 - e338, sep. 2019. ISSN 1972-6007. Available at: <http://www.clinicaterapeutica.it/ojs/index.php/ClinicaTerapeutica/article/view/483>. Date accessed: 22 oct. 2019.