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  1. chillinwill
    A Sky News investigation into "legal highs" has uncovered the chain of supply from Chinese chemical factories to British dealers - and discovered plans to outsmart the British authorities if they ban the drug mephedrone.
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    Much of the investigation was shot with a hidden camera. Posing as customers, Sky's film crew was able to buy legal highs in shops, markets and from online dealers.

    Media attention has focused on mephedrone after the drug was linked to several deaths in recent weeks.

    However, Sky's investigation discovered an entire new generation of chemical highs including substances such as methylone, butylone and MDPV. All of them mimic the effects of other, better known drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy.

    They are freely available with no legal consequences, though to avoid prosecution most dealers describe them as "plant food" or label them "not for human consumption."

    Toxicologist Dr John Ramsey says we are witnessing a revolution in the drug trade. "We're seeing 10 or 11 new compounds every year coming out now," he said.

    "While they're legal they're really quite attractive for young people. They can experiment without the risk of getting a criminal record. The problem is, we don't know what the risks are. They've never been tested anywhere for safety."

    Dr Ramsey says it is understood that most dealers are being supplied by Chinese chemical companies.

    "The Chinese chemical industry seems to provide anything at a price," he said.

    "So if somebody here orders something they'll either synthesize it or have it in stock, and they'll send it regardless of what it's to be used for."

    A quick search online reveals dozens of Chinese companies ready to sell mephedrone, methylone, MDPV and other drugs in bulk. They can be ordered at the click of a mouse and sent by courier to Britain.

    Posing as a potential customer, Sky contacted a Shanghai-based company named Blinkchem.

    A Miss Chen answered the phone and said that the company makes both mephedrone and methylone "in batches - 100 kilograms, 200 kilograms, 50 kilograms, whatever the customer wants".

    Miss Chen went on to reveal that Blinkchem already has five British customers, "two of them big ones".

    "One of them orders 50 to 100 kilograms a week" she said.

    "The other one orders 50 kilograms of mephedrone a month, and 40 kilograms of methylone."

    Asked whether a British ban on mephedrone would cause problem for their business Miss Chen said the company was already well prepared.

    "We're working on five or six new legal products" she confided.

    "Most them come from our British customers. They told us how to make the new ones."

    Today the Advisory Council on the Misuse for Drug will give advice to the Home Office on mephedrone.

    The Government will then have to decide whether or not to ban the drug, also known as M-Cat or Meow Meow.

    But as Britain confronts a new, globalised trade in chemical highs the law is finding it almost impossible to keep up.

    Holly Williams
    March 29, 2010
    Sky News


  1. chillinwill
    China set to produce more 'legal highs' if mephedrone banned '

    CHINESE chemical factories are planning to outsmart the British authorities by providing more "legal highs" if the government bans mephedrone as expected.

    The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs is considering a ban on mephedrone, also known as M-Cat or Meow-Meow, after it was linked to the deaths of several young people. Ministers are expected to receive its report today.

    An investigation into the chain of supply from Chinese factories to British dealers has discovered a new generation of chemical highs including substances such as methylone and butylone. All of them mimic the effects of other, better known, drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy.

    Asked if a UK ban on mephedrone would cause problems for their business, a worker at one Shanghai factory claimed to be well prepared.

    "We're working on five or six new legal products," she said. "Most of them come from our British customers. They told us how to make the new ones."

    March 29, 2010
  2. MrG
    So Sky News went 'undercover' to buy a, currently legal, product? For why exactly?

    Then they say they 'uncovered' the chain of supply? Does that mean if I do a google search for mephedrone manufacturers I qualify as an undercover reporter who's 'busted open' the 'supply chain' of a, again, currently legal, substance?
  3. DynoMiTe
    Although under a silly premise it seems to be one of the few well written articles about research chemicals. There's articles out there where they say kids are really eating plant food. It seems like people don't even fact check, they just get a crazy idea and run with it.
  4. wednesday
    ""The Chinese chemical industry seems to provide anything at a price," he said."
    wait a chemical company or supplier is willing to make money off of whatever drugs people will buy no matter what it does or could negatively do to you?
    wow they (as in we) used to have such a conscience but where has it gone?
  5. chillinwill
  6. WTF O_o
    Good news for us swimmers

    But why the hell would they publish that? its basically telling kids to look out for the next legal drug, instead of telling everyone its getting banned,and there will be no more. then let the government deal with the situation without the public being informed

    Don't get SWIM wrong, he's happy he has read this now. just seems stupid to inform people there will be more to come
  7. Spucky
    AW: Chinese Poised To Produce New 'Legal Highs'

    Why so many New's and Magazines are so stupid and post the names of the Wholesaler,
    as well as the Web-Addresses?
    I saw this already many Times in articles about "Research Chemicals" like Meow-Cat!

    I do also a lot of Research about this ominous People behind the curtain
    but do not coming forward.

    But i think some People have a very high interest in a drugged society and it's not the money that matters! ;)
  8. Nature Boy
    Is it just me or do some of these headlines seem blatantly racist?


  9. Piglet
    The formulation of the new law will cover whole classes of drug, not just methadrone, so methylone, butylone and even MDPV will all be controlled. After all, the hole is simply because the MoDA description of a PEA has 2 hydrogens on the alpha carbon. Allow a carbonyl and they are ALL covered.
    Of cvourse, some people saw this coming long ago...
  10. psychollie
    well the government decide to crack down on proper drugs such as mdma which have been tried and tested for years so this is the new way for dealers to make money. if only there was still good coke and mdma about there wouldnt be any of these shitty drugs about
  11. Phenoxide
    I'm not so sure it's as straightforward as closing a loophole in the Misuse of Phenethylamines law. Certainly the glaring omission that made mephedrone (careful with the spelling!) and other substituted cathinones marketable was that the law makes no provision for substitution at the β-carbon of phenethylamine (except for a few explicitly named compounds). Closing this loophole is almost a certainty, and one that will effectively control mephedrone and its close kin.

    How they handle relatives of pyrovalerone could however be quite interesting. As I understand it, there's three distinct chemical features of pyrovalerones that may not be covered currently:

    1) Does the pyrrolidine ring count as an N-alkylation? Even if it does and therefore is already covered, what about analogues with structures which are clearly not alkylations (e.g. pyrazole or imidazole rings, haloalkyl chains)? Not sure that any of these would be active or safe, but presumably the amine is a prime functional group for toying around with.

    2) Are α-alkyl chains longer than ethyl covered? As far as I know the existing law explicitly mentions α-methyl and α-ethyl groups. Some relatives of pyrovalerone (and pyrovalerone itself) have an α-propyl chain. It's possible that longer alpha chains also retain activity.

    3) Does naphthalene count as a ring substitution of benzene? If not then naphthylpyrovalerone is not covered by existing laws.

    Of course I'll be slightly disgruntled if the law amendment is plagiarized from this post.. :mad:
  12. kimotag
    Its quite ironic that China who claim to be tough on drugs and would no doubt execute a dealer caught with a bag of cannabis, turn a blind eye to this mass production of drugs for foreign markets. Is there a market for these products in China? I can't believe that the Chinese government would tolerate a drug like mephedrone if it became popular over there! Still, Swim isn't complaining but he would be wary of any new drug without a history of human use. He dabbles with methylone which he knows was synthesised by Prof Shulgin and used by him and his friends in the psychotherapist community. That at least has a bit of a history to it. Any new substance coming out of these labs could be way more harmful than mephedrone!
  13. enquirewithin
    Mephedrone and other 'legal highs' are not illegal in China, so why be tough on them? Doubtless the government would mephedrone it if was popular there and penalties would be harsh (and possibly ineffective).

    A good point that new substances may be more harmful. The amounts being sold are huge, so the profits must be too!
  14. kimotag
    It seems most governments are more concerned with the legality of a substance rather than its harmfulness although they always claim the laws are there to protect us from the more harmful substances! Swim is reminded of when he was in Goa, India and there was a prominent notice near a beach informing the reader that 'Drugs are a social evil and a crime' yet it was possible to buy pharm grade amphetamine sulphate from the local chemist!!:)
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