Know the Facts About the drug Cat.
Methcathinone or “cat”, as it is more commonly known, is a stimulant that is structurally similar to methamphetamine and cathinone. It is clandestinely manufactured from readily available chemicals and is fairly cheap and easy to manufacture in home kitchens. The drug is concocted from a “witches brew” of acids, thinners, and over-the-counter asthma medication (ephedrine). It is usually found as a white or off-white crystalline powder, which is most commonly snorted, although it can be taken orally by mixing it with a beverage or diluted in water. It may also be injected intravenously. Methcathinone produces amphetamine-like activity and is a highly addictive drug, similar to crack cocaine. Similar to other stimulants, methcathinone can amplify the action of the neurotransmitters, norepinephrine and dopamine. As is the case with crack cocaine, the addiction is difficult to treat.
As of June 2014, cat became controlled as a Class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971). Possession incurs a possible sentence of two years imprisonment, a fine or both. Possession with intent to supply or production could each result in a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment, a fine or both.
Negative side-effects of the drug cat may include:
Long-term effects may include :
- Anxiety followed by depression
- Tremors and convulsions
- Anorexia, malnutrition, and weight loss
- Elevated blood pressure
Early withdrawal symptoms of anxiety and profuse sweating can precede convulsions, hallucinations, and severe depression. Withdrawal should be done with the assistance of a medical professional.
Cat is psychologically highly addictive, individuals may lose their ability to feel empathy. They may also lose their self-worth and direction and often become distant and removed. However an addiction to cat can be treated through the correct methods and therapies, as with any addiction it is important to address it holistically and openly.
If you or a loved one needs assistance with an addiction to cat – know that help is readily available. The road to recovery is not always an easy one, but getting yourself or your loved one the best possible care from the team at Crossroads Recovery Centres provides you with a map to sober, healthy living. No matter how bad things seem, there is hope, and it’s only a phone call away. If you or anyone close to you needs help with an addiction to sex, gambling, substances, alcohol or food, contact us for a free assessment.
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