The recent global increase in the abuse of 4-methylmethcathinone (mephedrone) and related compounds has developed a requirement for full chemical characterisation of these products. This work presents full synthetic and chemical characterisation data for the hydrobromide salts of two mephedrone derivatives: 4-methyl-N-ethylcathinone (4-MEC) and 4-methyl-N-benzylcathinone (4-MBC) which have been identified in samples of the “legal high” NRG-2. The first fully validated chromatographic methods for the detection and quantitative analysis of these substances both in their pure form and in the presence of a number of common adulterants used in illicit drug manufacture is also reported.
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