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He-Man peril - New legal high alert after killer drug ban (5-IT)

    A NEW mind-bending legal high dubbed “He-Man” is set to flood the market — just weeks after killer drug “mexxy” was banned.

    The party drug, officially known as 5-IT, is almost identical to powerful tranquilliser methoxetamine.

    But it has been altered slightly by unscrupulous chemists to make it lawful. It is widely available online — and nicknamed after Eighties cartoon hero He-Man because users feel like “Masters of the Universe”.

    Websites boast He-Man can be smoked like crack or heroin. Effects including euphoria, hallucinations, loss of balance and poor co-ordination.

    But users have warned of “horrible head pressure”.

    The Sun paid £63 on a “research chemical” website for two 500mg sachets.

    Tests found the substance was not illegal. A government drugs expert said: “This is a classic example of sinister manufacturers creating a derivative of a banned illegal drug.”

    The crackdown on mexxy — itself a substitute for deadly horse anaesthetic ketamine — came on April 4 after it was blamed for a series of deaths. Last week legal highs Ivory Wave and Bonsai were also banned.

    EXCLUSIVE By STEPHEN MOYES | Published: 30th April 2012


  1. bean.
    5-IT almost identical to Methoxetamine. In colour maybe.

    Cue mass hysteria in ... 3 ... 2 ... 1.
  2. Nofate89
    Words cannot describe the level of pity I feel for people that read this kind of thing without objectivity. This is the exact type of 'journalism' that exaggerates my dysphoria with humanity as a whole. Ironically leading me to seek escape into chemically altered states of reality.
  3. Reuq
    Hhahahaha I fell sorry for any uneducated MXE lovers reading that.... I mean snorting a fat line of 5-IT might give some pretty different effects! Brilliant reporting.
  4. Rob Cypher
    ho ho ho...lol...it's a Murdoch paper, what do you expect
  5. Baba Blacksheep
    It is plainly obvious that the reporter has not tried or spoken to anyone who has tried 5-IT; there is absolutely no comparison.
    This is as far fetched as a new McDonalds opening on Mars. Guess everyone will be buying it now,
  6. misskatie
    Wow... Just wow! I don't know what's worse? Comparing 5-IT to MXE or calling MXE a 'killer drug'?

    How can reporters get away with such bullshit??
  7. AmsuJackal

    sensationalism. if it doesnt cause an upstir or a strong reaction, you dont have a story. so they hype it up as much as they can so it will get published
  8. greenfairy1034
    I noticed that this article contained something that most articles and news reports contain.....why do they always refer to brands when a research chemical is banned? I just made a similar post on another article about herbal incense. Specific chemicals not specific brands are banned. Yes some of these brands may or atleast at one time have contained the newly banned chemicals...whatever they may be. But the news needs to start reporting properly when it comes to research chemicals.
  9. sh0rno
    These sorts of articles make me so angry, as if the blatant misinformation and sensationalism isn't enough, they have to make up a ridiculous name for it - there was probably a little competition in The Sun's office before they came up with that 'Masters of the Universe' bollocks...

    It almost reads like a really bad advert for 5-IT, and saying things like "Websites boast He-Man can be smoked like crack or heroin" is just really bad for harm reduction. I can see some uneducated people reading this, ordering a gram and trying to freebase the whole thing or something.

    It's like the hypocrites want someone to get hospitalized just so they've got another story to publish...
  10. Baba Blacksheep
    What's the bet that the contents in the photo goes up the noses of some on that news desk. They may become more accurate with their reporting if they did so.
    You can't write about the heat of the dessert unless you've been there or at least have some first hand knowlegde of someone that has!
  11. al-k-mist
    ^^^ That is my take on it...they care about something in print, and the money that generates. A sensational story would just make more gullible people buy that trash to read that trash..
    On the other hand, if I was an unscrupulous reporter, and was known as such, I bet a company of shady reputation might contact me and say: "Pssst, Hey you, want to get paid TWICE? print this story which will be an advert for our product, your company will pay you, and we will pay you".
    Its more of a badly written advertising spiel than accurate reporting, but would probably be cited at legislative stuff like its gospel: "Make this shit illegal. Look what sensational journalism has to say about it"
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