Case Report: “Bath Salts”–Induced Psychosis and Serotonin Toxicity

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“Bath salts” are a group of synthetic derivatives of cathinone, a naturally occurring psychostimulant found in khat plants. The most common active ingredients, mephedrone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone, and methylone, are found to have strong amphetamine-like psychoactive properties. Smoked, inhaled, injected, or ingested, they have a rapid onset of action of 30 to 60 minutes.

J Clin Psychiatry 2012;73(8):1125