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Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline

Freephone: 0808 808 2234
Or text DAN to: 81066


Naphyrone, NRG-1, Energy-1, Rave, O-2482

What does NRG1 look like?

White crystalline powder.


Scientific Names


Generic Name


Effects Of NRG1

Desired Effects:

This substance is active at low doses. Stimulation, prolonged wakefulness, alertness, urge to talk.


Anxiety, palpitations, high blood pressure, increased body temperature, short attention span, jaw clenching, muscle twitching / fidgeting, Insomnia, Paranoia, memory loss.



There is no data about the safety or toxicity of this substance.


There is no data about the safety or toxicity of this substance. Almost nothing is known about the long term effects of the drug due to the short history of its use. However, likely harm includes adverse effects on the heart and blood vessels, Hyperthermia, Dependence and psychiatric effects. There have also been reports of severe Paranoia and suicidal tendencies.

Reducing Harm

Please view our Reducing Harm page for more information.

How does NRG1 work?

Synthetic Stimulant. Affects neurotransmitters Serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine acting as a triple re-uptake inhibitor.

Legal status of NRG1

Class B drug under The Misuse of Drugs Act.

How Is NRG1 Taken?

Most commonly sold as a white crystalline powder which is snorted up the nose, swallowed or also taken as ‘bombs’ - wrapped in paper and swallowed.


If the drug is snorted - a razor blade will be used to chop it in to lines on a hard level surface such as a mirror or a sheet of glass or a tile.

Medical uses of NRG1


Where does it come from?

Derived from pyrovalerone - a Psychoactive drug from the Cathinone family of chemicals with Stimulant effects, and is chemically similar to Mephedrone. Usually manufactured in laboratories abroad.

Helping services

Most areas of the UK have 'street agencies' or projects (sometimes called community drug services or community drug teams) which offer a range of services including information and advice, counselling, needle exchanges and sometimes support groups and complementary therapies such as acupuncture. The increase in stimulant use has led to some agencies offering specialist counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy, acupuncture and other alternative therapies and prescribing of anti-depressants, and also possible referral to residential rehabilitation. Some services have extended working hours and may offer weekend support. GPs and possibly the local hospital A&E department can make referrals to specialist drug services as well as general medical services, information and advice often in partnership with a drug agency or Drug Dependency Unit.

Parents & other relatives

Drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents of people using these drugs. Many street agencies can provide relative support groups or counselling for family members, partners etc.

You can view a list of National Drug Agencies.

If you would like to talk about NRG1 problems then please call the DAN 24/7 Helpline on:

0808 808 2234
Last updated: 31 December 2012