“Ivory Wave” identified as MDPV

August 20, 2010, 3:17 pm

The Leicester-Mercury (U.K.) reported this week that the drug contained in the over-the-counter product linked to the death of Michael Bishton, a 24-year-old father, was MDPV.  Bishton fell to his death from cliffs on the Isle of Wight last weekend after snorting a substance sold as a “soothing bath salt” under the name Ivory Wave.

MDPV (methylenedioxypyrovalerone) inhibits the re-uptake of norepinephrine and dopamine without causing much effect on serotonin.  There have been a flurry of reports concerning cases of toxicity from this agent –which apparently is also sold under the label “Vanilla Sky” — in the U.K. Reported effects include tachycardia, vasoconstriction, hypertension, anxiety, agitation and acute paranoid psychosis.

Recently about a dozen patients presented to hospital in Cumbria with extreme agitation and hallucinations.  The consulting cardiologist who attended to these cases told the BBC:

“I have never seen anything like it, it was really awful. All have had a very fast heart rate so we have been monitoring them in the critical care unit for about 12 hours. The drugs are getting out of their system but it is taking two to three days for the agitation and psychosis to wear off.”

The following is a report on Ivory Wave from WPIX in New York:

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