Also Known As: NRG-1, NRG1, Energy-1, Rave

Category: Stimulant

Naphyrone is a stimulant drug closely related to the chemical family of the ‘cathinones’ group of drugs including mephedrone. Cathinones are ‘cousins’ of the family of amphetamine compounds which include amphetamine itself (speed), methamphetamine and ecstasy (MDMA), among many others.

When sold over the internet, it was often described as a plant food, research chemicals or bath salts, and not for human consumption.

Naphyrone is a fine white or off-white/yellow powder.

Usually snorted like cocaine or swallow ‘bombed’ in wraps of paper.

Effects are those of a stimulant somewhat like MDMA. It may produce euphoria, alertness, talkativeness and feelings of empathy. But also anxiety and paranoid states in some.

Naphyrone does not have a long history of use, so there is little evidence of its long term effects or on the risks from using it. Likely dangers associated with naphyrone are becoming clearer as more reports emerge.

Due to its similarity to other cathinone substances, naphyrone is likely to share the same risks such as substances, for example, mephedrone. Risks of mephedrone can include anxiety, paranoia and over-stimulation of the heart and the nervous system, which could increase the chances of having a fit. Other risks include reduced inhibitions, drowsiness, coma, seizures, and death.

Risks, including the risk of death, could be increased if used with other substances, including alcohol.

The high potency of naphyrone by comparison with other cathinones like mephedrone suggests that it is likely to be associated with a higher risk of accidental overdose.

Naphyrone and related chemical substances was controlled as a Class B drug on the 23rd July 2010 meaning it is illegal to have, give away or sell. Possession can get you up to five years in jail and/or an unlimited fine. Supplying someone else, including your friends, can get you up to fourteen years in jail and/or an unlimited fine.

Remember: Having a criminal record can make it difficult for you to get a job or visa if you want to travel abroad.

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