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Bath salts, research chemicals, flakka  

This large group of new psychoactive substances usually come as a pill, capsule or whitish powder or crystal. They are generally classed as stimulants, and because they have a relatively short history, there is often little known about short or long term effects.

Be advised that these substances are being mis-sold as MDMA (as a pill, capsule or powder) or cocaine which greatly increases the risk of overdose. Common synthetic cathinones include N-ethylpentalone, mephedrone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), methylone, mexedrone, and Alpha PVP.

Synthetics crisis Did You Know - synthetics N-Ethylpentalone warning

What it feels like

How to be safer

When to get help

Cutting down

Things to look out for

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