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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    An import ban has been imposed on a legal high blamed for several hospitalisations in the UK.

    Ivory Wave, which can bought on the internet, has been the subject of a media campaign similar to that which greeted legal high mephedrone.

    "Banning the importation of this harmful substance sends out a clear message to unscrupulous traffickers trying to start a market here for their dangerous drugs," said crime prevention minister James Brokenshire.

    The decision follows advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).

    "The ACMD's advice on 'Ivory Wave' reinforces what we already know - that substances touted as 'legal highs' contain dangerous and illegal substances," Mr Brokenshire added.

    "Users need to understand they could be breaking the law and risk seriously damaging their mental and physical health."

    The ACMD admitted, however, that there was no substantial use of the drug, properly known as of 2-DPMP, in the UK. The move was being taken to stop it gaining a "foothold" in the country.

    But authorities are wary of legal highs following the media outrage over mephedrone, otherwise known as miaow miaow, when tabloids published a series of stories suggesting the drug was linked to several deaths.

    Many of those stories were later shown to be inaccurate, leading to complaints that the ACMD had become politicised following the sacking of Professor David Nutt by former home secretary Alan Johnson.

    Thursday, 04, Nov 2010 11:35

    By Ian Dunt

    http://www.politics.co.uk/news/policing-and-crime/import-ban-imposed-on-ivory-wave--$21385394.htm

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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Import ban on legal high Ivory Wave
    Home Office decision follows advice from Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

    The Home Office today moved to ban imports of a new legal high known as Ivory Wave, which has sometimes been marketed as bath salts and sold in some areas under the brand name Vanilla Sky.

    The decision follows advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, which said Ivory Wave included a psychoactive compound similar to the stimulant Ritalin, which is banned as a class B drug in Britain.

    The import ban applies to Ivory Wave's active ingredient, known as 2-DPMP, and is designed to stop the drug gaining a foothold in the UK.

    The council said the 2-DPMP compound was developed initially as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.

    But evidence from callers to the national poisons helpline and hospital accident and emergency departments shows Ivory Wave can cause prolonged agitation, which can last up to five days after use and be so severe that physical restraint is required.

    Paranoia, hallucinations and muscle spasms, have also been reported following use of the drug. Similar harmful effects have been found in a product marketed in Ireland as Whack.

    Les Iversen, the council's chairman, said it was not yet recommending that possession of Ivory Wave be banned in Britain as it was not clear that the drug was being widely sold and used.

    The drugs information charity DrugScope said Ivory Wave had been marketed as bath salts in the mistaken belief that sellers would be exempt from prosecution under drugs or medicines legislation.

    James Brokenshire, the drugs minister, said: "Banning the importation of this harmful substance sends out a clear message to unscrupulous traffickers trying to start a market here for their dangerous drugs.

    "The ACMD advice on Ivory Wave reinforces what we already know – that substances touted as legal highs contain dangerous and illegal substances. Users need to understand they could be breaking the law and risk seriously damaging their mental and physical health."

    Alan Travis, Home affairs editor
    Thursday 4 November 2010 15.10 GMT
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/04/ivory-wave-drug-import-ban
  2. Terrapinzflyer
    Import ban on psychoactive drug

    The government has today banned the importation of a drug found in some samples of so-called legal high Ivory Wave.

    The importation ban on 2-DPMP follows advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) which recommended the move to cut the supply of this harmful drug and stop it gaining a foot-hold in the UK.

    From today the UK Border Agency is able to seize and destroy any shipments of 2-DPMP found at UK borders.

    Clear message to traffickers

    Crime prevention minister James Brokenshire said: 'Banning the importation of this harmful substance sends out a clear message to unscrupulous traffickers trying to start a market here for their dangerous drugs.

    'The ACMD's advice on Ivory Wave reinforces what we already know – that substances touted as 'legal highs' contain dangerous and illegal substances.

    'Users need to understand they could be breaking the law and risk seriously damaging their mental and physical health.'

    Independent advice

    In September, the minister asked the ACMD to monitor closely the prevalence and harms associated with this new drug found in some samples of Ivory Wave.

    The Council considered the available evidence and recommended immediate steps should be taken to curb its import. It also noted, based on samples of Ivory Wave, there does not appear to be significant prevalence of 2-DPMP in the UK.

    The government has accepted the ACMD’s advice – that banning importation is a proportionate response at this time. The use and availability of this drug will be monitored and further action taken if necessary.

    November 04, 2010
    http://anonym.to/?http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/drug-import-ban
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