Nerds and narcotics: drug use in a global future

Jane Mounteney (Bergen Clinics Foundation, Norway)

Drugs and Alcohol Today

ISSN: 1745-9265

Publication date: 1 December 2004


No one knows what the future holds. Not least for substance use and addictions. Few predicted the psychedelic movement in the 1960s, the crack ‘epidemic’ in the 1980s and the ‘E’ generation of the 1990s ‐ all of which had a profound influence on our culture, youth and our health. So what of the Naughties, Teenies and Twenties? With increased globalisation, new technologies, increasing spending power and the scope for increased pleasure‐seeking we are destined for more and new addictions. In this groundbreaking article, Jane Mounteney applies the technique of scenario planning to investigate a future dominated by technology, smart and nanodrugs and an ever‐increasing availability of drugs. With the emergence of the super nerd and groovy geek, who will be there to help the fallen?


Mounteney, J. (2004), "Nerds and narcotics: drug use in a global future", Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 14-20.

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