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Classification: Psychoactive stimulant

Common Names/Nicknames: Cat, khat, crank, good, Jeff, mulka, ephedrone, bathtub speed

Active Compound: Alpha-methylamino-propiophenone

Found in: Khat leaves, synthetic methacathinone, bath salts (designer drug)

Mode of Consumption: Insufflation, injection, inhalation (smoking), ingestion

DEA Scheduling/Legal Status (in US): Schedule I, illegal in all states for human consumption


Euphoria, increased energy, increased alertness, pupil dilation, slurred speech, changes in sexual desire and function, decreased cognitive ability, increased empathy


Acute: Increased heart rate, hypertension, hyperthermia, dehydration, accidental injury, seizures, cardiac arrest, stroke, coma, fatal overdose

Chronic: addiction, tolerance, withdrawal, depression, infertility, heart damage

Insufflation: nasal septum damage; Inhalation (smoking): lung damage.

Dangerous Drug Combinations:

Potentially fatal combination with other stimulants, depressants/sedatives, and seizure medications. Potentially dangerous mix with acetaminophen/paracetamol (Brand names: Tylenol, Triaminic, Panadol) and medications with risk of seizure.

Special Considerations:

Found increasingly in conjunction with methylenedioxypyrovalerone.

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