A stimulant drug closely related to the cathinone family, which includes mephedrone
What does it look like?
Naphyrone is normally found as a:
- Fine white powder
- Off-white/yellow powder
Naphyrone is usually snorted like powder cocaine or swallowed (bombed) in wraps of paper.
When naphyrone was sold over the internet as a legal high, it was often described as a plant food, research chemicals or bath salts, and ‘not for human consumption’.
How does it make you feel?
Naphyrone does not have a long history of use, so there is little evidence of its short and long term effects.
As naphyrone is related to the cathinones it can be assumed that it is likely to share the same effects as other cathinones, such as euphoria, talkativeness, alertness and feelings of empathy.
How long the effects last and the drug stays in your system depends on how much you’ve taken, your size, whether you’ve eaten and what other drugs you may have also taken.
Physical health risks
Naphyrone does not have a long history of use, but it’s likely to share the same risks as other cathinones such as insomnia, loss of short-term memory, vertigo, grinding of teeth and sweating.
The high potency of naphyrone by comparison with other cathinones suggests that it is likely to be associated with a higher risk of accidental overdose.
Here’s what it may do to you:
- It can overstimulate the heart and circulatory system, causing damage such as high blood pressure and possibly heart attacks.
- It can over-excite the nervous system, which can lead to fits.
- Other risks include reduced inhibitions leading to risky behaviours, such as unprotected sex.
Mental health risks
It can cause feelings of anxiety and paranoia.
Is it dangerous to mix with other drugs?
Mixing naphyrone with alcohol can have serious consequences. Its use may lead to seizures, coma and even death. The chances of suffering negative effects or dying are usually increased when these types of substances are mixed.
Can you get addicted?
Although there is little evidence on naphyrone, like other cathinones it is very likely to be able to create a state of psychological dependence, with increased use associated with increased health harms.
This is a Class B drug, which means it’s illegal to have for yourself, give away or sell.
Possession can get you up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Like drink-driving, driving when high is dangerous and illegal. If you’re caught driving under the influence, you may receive a heavy fine, driving ban, or prison sentence.
If the police catch people supplying illegal drugs in a home, club, bar or hostel, they can potentially prosecute the landlord, club owner or any other person concerned in the management of the premises.