INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE STEREOCHEMICAL AND GLUTAMATERGIC MECHANISMS OF THE \"BATH SALTS\" SYNTHETIC CATHINONES MEPHEDRONE AND MDPV IN RATS

Synthetic cathinones, commonly referred to as “bath salts”, are a subgroup of novel psychoactive substances that have seen a dramatic rise in abuse worldwide over the past decade. These compounds are synthesized by clandestine drug manufacturers using basic medicinal chemistry techniques, and marketed as “legal high” alternatives to illicit psychostimulants (ie. cocaine and MDMA). Two of the most common synthetic cathinones since the emergence of this class of drugs are 4-methylmethcathinone (mephedrone, MEPH) and 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone...
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