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