Toxicology of Synthetic Cathinones

December 7, 2011, 11:26 pm

★★★½☆

The Toxicology of Bath Salts: A Review of Synthetic Cathinones. Prosser JM, Nelson LS. J Med Toxicol 2011 Nov 23 [Epub ahead of print]

Abstract 

This paper is a comprehensive and up-to-date review covering what is known about the pharmacology and toxicology of “bath salts” and other synthetic cathinones, including MDPV, butylone, ethcathinone, ethylone, mephedrone, methcathinone, methedrone, and others.

With 72 references, this will be a go-to article for anyone researching or writing about these drugs. The authors are careful to point out that clinical descriptions of effects of synthetic cathinones must be viewed with caution, since patients often present after taking multiple drugs, and may not be aware of the specific chemical or chemicals they have actually been exposed to.

The article contains so much information — some of it not clinically relevant — that reading through it is somewhat of a slog.  But any medical toxicologist will want to have it on file, especially for its bibliography.

By the way, the is the first paper I am aware of that refers to The Poison Review in its reference list.

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