Know the facts about methcathinone and connect with help and support to keep your child safe.

    Methcathinone is stimulant that is a structural analogue of methamphetamine and cathinone. It is clandestinely manufactured from readily available chemicals.[1] It is a white or off-white crystalline powder, most commonly snorted, although it can be taken orally by mixing it with a beverage or diluted in water and it can be injected intravenously.[2] Methcathinone produces amphetamine-like activity.

    Understand the risks

    Methcathinone produces amphetamine-like activity. Little scientific research is available on the long-term effects of methcathinone.[2]

    Identify & address use

    If you’re concerned your child may be using methcathinone or other substances, the following can help you address the behavior more effectively.

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    How Worried Should I Be About My Child’s Drug Use?

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    What Do I Do if My Child is Using Drugs?

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    Last Updated

    June 2020

    [1]Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Department of Education, Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention, Washington, D.C., 2012.
    [2]Drug Enforcement Administration, Drugs of Abuse: A DEA Resource Guide, Washington, D.C., 2017.
    Additional Sources: Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

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