NRG-1? Buphedrone? Flephedrone? — What will follow meow-meow and where will it come from?

May 4, 2010, 11:57 am

I missed it when it was first published several weeks ago, but the Daily Mail (U.K.) has a must-read piece tracing the connection between drug-manufacturing laboratories in China and the marketing of new, untested, and potentially dangerous drugs.  Since mephedrone (meow-meow) was banned in Great Britain several weeks ago, there is intense speculation as to what its successor will be. Some of the interesting points made in the piece:

• Old methods of controlling street drugs just can not cope with the current environment, where previously unknown chemicals are synthesized and marketed as soon as previous products are banned.  Dr. John Ramsey, a toxicologist at the University of London, observes: “All we’re doing is propelling people through a series of new chemicals, none of which have been toxicity tested. . . . I can’t think of any way we can get ahead of the game.”

• The explosion in the supply of new drugs can be traced back to July 2008, when UN officials in Cambodia confiscated 30 tons of sassafras oil, a key ingredient in the manufacture of MDMA (ecstasy). With production of ecstasy seriously impaired,  a variety of new chemicals were produced to fill the vacuum.

NRG-1 — a new drug just starting to become a matter of concern in Great Britain — is not naphyrone, as has been widely reported.  It was just identified as such by a drug manufacturer in China who wanted to confuse matters and protect his proprietary formulation. (At least that’s his story in an interview in the article.)

Thanks to DoseNation

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