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Cathinone information from DAN 24/7

Common Names

Cathinone

Scientific Names

Benzoylethanamine,
(S)-2-amino-1-phenyl-1-propanone

Generic Name

Cathinone

Effects Of Cathinone

Desired Effects:

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

Side-Effects:

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

Risks

Short-term:

Anxiety, manic behaviour, paranoia, tolerance.

Long-term:

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

What it 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.

How does it work?

Central nervous system stimulant. Cathinone has a similar structure to amphetamine and induces the release of dopamine.

Legal status

Cathinone and cathine are both Class C, under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

How Is It Taken?

Various, depending on the form of the drug.

Paraphernalia

Various, depending on the form of the drug.

Medical uses

None.

Where does it come from?

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.

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.

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


0808 808 2234

This information is provided by DAN 24/7 the All Wales Drug And Alcohol Helpline. Freephone 0808 808 2234      Click to Print This Page