Synthetic cathinones (Bath salts, eutylone, Flakka M-Cat, Monkey Dust) are a large group of manufactured chemicals which mimic the effects of other substances. They usually come as a pill, capsule, powder or crystal. They are often mis-sold as MDMA or cocaine, but they require a lower dose which greatly increases the risk of overdose.
The effects vary a lot, and while they often have similar effects to MDMA or methamphetamine, paranoia and anxiety are more common. Synthetic cathinones found in New Zealand include N-ethylpentalone, mephedrone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), methylone, mexedrone, and Alpha PVP.
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