Tox Tuesday: Synthetic cathinones

As the drug crisis around the world deepens, some of the more difficult-to-deal-with substances of abuse are the manmade ones. In part, this is because synthetic, or “designer,” drugs can be incredibly potent, but also because their easily adaptable formulations make them tricky to legislate.

One of these types of drugs are synthetic cathinones, which […]

“Bath salts” compounds restricted

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Citing an “imminent hazard to the public safety”, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) filed notice last week to temporarily schedule 10 synthetic cathinones.

The substances are similar to some already listed as Schedule I or II drugs in the U.S., and are components of synthetic […]

Tox Tuesday: Khat

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

A stimulant traditionally used in some communities may soon face new restrictions in the United Kingdom (U.K.).

Khat, an evergreen shrub native to East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, most commonly is chewed like tobacco, although dried khat can also be smoked or eaten. It releases cathine […]

Study: “Bath salts” may be more addictive than meth

Image courtesy of the U.S. DEA.

A synthetic drug commonly known as bath salts may be more addictive than methamphetamine, which is widely regarded as being one of the world’s most addictive substances.

The study showed rats who could get doses of bath salts (technically 3,4-methylenedioypyrovalerone, or MDPV) by pressing a lever would press […]