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Synthetic Cathinones (Bath Salts)

Brief Description

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

Statistics and Trends

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Bath Salts for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2017 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
Bath Salts Past Year 0.50 0.40 0.60

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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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