• Cathinone

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Scientific Names: Benzoylethanamine,

Generic Names: Enwau Generig: Cathinone

An example of what Cathinone looks like
Cathinone is naturally occurring chemical compound; it is a component of the shrub Catha edulis - Khat. Cathinone can also be manufactured synthetically, sometimes referred to as 'substituted cathinones'. Synthetic cathinone is the key ingredient of recreational drugs such as Mephedrone.

Desired Effects:

Talkative, euphoria and excitement, alertness, excitement, dilated pupils.

Side Effects:

Insomnia, loss of appetite, palpitations, dry mouth, hyperactivity, constipation.

Long term risks:

Depression, irritability, psychological dependence, although little is known about long term damage.

Short term risks:

Anxiety, manic behaviour, paranoia, tolerance.
Central nervous system stimulant. Cathinone has a similar structure to amphetamine and induces the release of dopamine.
Various, depending on the form of the drug.
Various, depending on the form of the drug.
Cathinones are naturally occurring chemical compounds; they are a component of the shrub Catha edulis - Khat. Cathinone is chemically similar to ephedrine, cathine and other amphetamines.
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.

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