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Bath salts, research chemicals, flakka  

Synthetic cathinones mimic other more commonly known drugs, yet are more harmful and toxic. These drugs are made in laboratories and are similar to cathinone, which is made from the khat plant. They are often called ‘bath salts’ as they were known as this overseas and come as a white crystal or powder. Very little is known about the risk of harm from short or long term use and deaths have been linked to these drugs in New Zealand.

Examples found in New Zealand include: mephedrone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), methylone, mexedrone, pentylone, and Alpha PVP with the number of different types and quantity found increasing. People may be mis-sold these drugs as MDMA (in pill or capsule form) or cocaine as they have a stimulant effect but are much more toxic.  

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