Synthetic cathinones, more commonly known as "bath salts," are human-made stimulants chemically related to cathinone, a substance found in the khat plant. Khat is a shrub grown in East Africa and southern Arabia, where some people chew its leaves for their mild stimulant effects. Human-made versions of cathinone can be much stronger than the natural product and, in some cases, very dangerous. Read the DrugFacts
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- The Changing Face of Recreational Drug Use - Cerebrum (January, 2016)
- Messages from the Director: "Bath Salts" - Emerging and Dangerous Products (Archives) (February, 2011)
- New findings on the active chemicals found in “bath salts” add justification to the growing health concern
- Sara Bellum Blog: Keep “Bath Salts” in the Tub (September, 2011)
- MedlinePlus - Drug Use and Addiction - National Library of Medicine, NIH
- Above the Influence - Office of National Drug Control Policy
- Healthfinder.gov - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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NIDA. (2014, December 13). Synthetic Cathinones (Bath Salts). Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/synthetic-cathinones-bath-salts
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