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  1. Synchronium
    TWENTY people have been hospitalised in the Lothians in the past week after taking a legal high described as "the strongest party powder there is".

    They were taken to hospital suffering from symptoms including severe nausea, vomiting, anxiety and hallucinations after taking Ivory Wave, which is sold as a concentrated form of bath salts but used as a drug.

    Doctors are alarmed at the sudden rise in cases and in a rare move, NHS Lothian has launched a special appeal to persuade youngsters not to experiment with the substance and other similar so-called "legal high" drugs.

    The health board has warned that the range of new substances available can cause potentially life-threatening problems such as kidney failure, seizures, muscle damage, and loss of bowel control,

    Legal highs came to prominence this year when the UK government made the plant food mephedrone illegal, after it emerged several people who had taken it had died soon after. Now health agencies say new substances have been developed to replace it, and doctors in Edinburgh are most concerned about Ivory Wave, described as the "the strongest party powder there is" by online sellers. One online shop warns that it is "not for the faint-hearted? Extremely strong!"

    It is openly available to buy in "head shops" as it has not yet been banned and is typically being taken by young adults aged 18 to 25.

    Health chiefs have detected a number of other drugs for sale in the last month, including Legal E - a herbal variation of ecstasy, and Silver Bullet - a single pill claimed to give eight hours of "concentrated mental and physical responsiveness".

    The substances present a particular risk because such a variety of ingredients can be added to the core recipe.

    Dr James Dear, a consultant clinical pharmacologist at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, said: "These are sold as certain things, like bath salts, but bought purely as drugs.

    "One producer's Ivory Wave could be completely different to another's because various things are added. This is why we don't always know what is in them and what effect they could have. As a result we have to appeal to people not to take it.

    "When mephedrone was made illegal by the government all these new legal highs came in to take its place, and the concern is the people who make these will always come up with new legal alternatives."

    Jim Sherval, a specialist in public health for NHS Lothian said: "The chemicals used in legal highs change all the time so people can never be certain what they are actually taking and what the effects might be.

    "In most cases, the products have not been tested, so little is known about how toxic they are.

    09 August 2010 By ADAM MORRIS


  1. Alfa
    It will be interesting to know if this is caused by the illegal high MDPV or a new research chemical.
  2. IceBong
    Yeah swim was hospitalised by it recently not nice at all stay well clear if you want swims advice, there was no euphoria even before swim took to much, to much being aprox 130 mg over 7 hours
  3. Phenoxide
    This is a concerning number of cases, though without knowing more about why people were admitted to hospital it's hard to tell if this is simply people going overboard with heavy stimulant use, or if something more sinister is developing.

    MDPV must still be the most likely culprit. It was found in Ivory Wave batches before the law change in April, and with no serious attempts to clamp down on post-ban products it's quite possible the formula never changed. Then again the number of hospitalizations does make me wonder if this could be a re-emergence of desoxypipradrol.

    In any case this one is probably best avoided until more is known about it.
  4. IceBong
    Well swim doesnt thinK he went overboard he is very experienced with stims and this stuff was quite deadly in his opinion, his heart felt like it wasn't going to beat for much longer was difficult to breath and if he never stayed calm and controlled his breathing he feels like his heart would have stopped as breathing fast etc changed his heart beat and made it skip beats alao he had a realy bad head
  5. Tamis
    Well, severe nausea, vomiting, anxiety and hallucinations, this does really fit with mdpv !
    The third version of ivory wave (red packaging) seems to be even more of a problem than the previous ones...
  6. Terrapinzflyer
    Worth mentioning that apparently the company behind Ivory Wave states that it is NOT for sale in the UK, whether this is merely a disclaimer and they still fill wholesale orders to the UK, or whether shops are working around this on their own, is unknown.
  7. Erumelithil
    SWIM remembers when Ivory Wave was in the headstores on the shelf beside all the mephedrone containing products and duds.

    SWIM reckons that anyone who unwittingly picked up a pack of Ivory Wave and snorted a massive line of it, assuming it to be just like the mephedrone products, would have been in for a pretty nasty time.

    In SWIM's own experience, SWIM was very lucky that he had the resource of Drugs Forum to draw upon when he was experimenting with the "legal highs". SWIM was forewarned and knew to exercise caution and restraint when he tried Ivory Wave, SWIM feels sorry for anyone who took too much without realising that there was a world of difference between MDPV and Mephedrone!
  8. Synchronium
    Here's my take on the whole "Ivory Wave" situation:

    Ivory Wave has been around for at least a year, and before that, it was called Vanilla Sky. Guess what? It’s always been notoriously dodgy. In a quest to pump out the strongest ever “party powder”, its makers sacrificed safety for a marketing angle. Earlier this year, the Irish government had a number of legal highs analysed including Ivory Wave and found that it contained MDPV (methylenedioxypyrovalerone), and lidocaine. Lidocaine is a local anaesthetic, added to numb your nose, both to dull the pain of snorting the other stuff and to make it more like cocaine. This isn’t news though – a load of similar products around before the cathinone ban contained it. MDPV on the other hand is worrying.

    MDPV appears to be a dopamine and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor, delivering plenty of stimulation but little in the way of euphoria. The vast majority of similar products available before April’s cathinone ban contained either mephedrone (4-methylmethcathinone) or a fluorinated analogue such as 3-fluoroumethcathinone. While these were also very stimulating, they delivered a much loved euphoria as well, so why would the makers of Ivory Wave depart from the norm and go for a subjectively worse compound instead? Because they just weren’t potent enough enough to earn Ivory Wave its reputation as the strongest legal high available.

    A typical dose of mephedrone or similar analogue for a new user would be around 50 – 100mg, while a typical dose of MDPV is around the 5 – 10mg mark. Sure, at that dose, the effects of MDPV don’t seem like much compared to mephedrone et al, but when people are used to cheap cocaine or the majority of similar legal highs, they rack up their usual sized line and hoover up far more than an equivalent dose of MDPV. As a consequence, users were frequently terrified and unable to sleep for days on end. Well done, Ivory Wave, you truly are the strongest!

    On April 16th, 2010, the UK passed legislation banning a huge number of compounds, including mephedrone, all common available derivatives including MDPV and a shitload of theoretical compounds that haven’t been made yet. Despite the original incarnation of Ivory Wave falling under the banning stick, on August 10th, there was a lot of fuss about legal highs including Ivory Wave hospitalising 22 people around the Edinburgh area, so what’s going on?

    Well, firstly, just because MDPV got banned, it doesn’t mean the manufacturers couldn’t stick some new legal chemical in there and call it the same thing. I’m sure you’ve all seen a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar with “New improved recipe!!!!11″ plastered all over the packaging – this is the same sort of thing. Of course, it’s not as innocent as that – these are psychoactive substances we’re talking about – but it’s nothing extraordinary. Products like Charge+ or Beanz pills have changed their ingredients before, so that’s what I expected had happened with Ivory Wave.

    That doesn’t appear to be the case. Several websites selling the stuff now claim both that Ivory Wave is no longer for sale in the UK, suggesting it still contains MDPV, and that Ivory Wave found in the UK at the moment is fake. This leaves us with several possible scenarios.

    1. Ivory Wave available in the UK is the same stuff it’s always been, and has been illegally imported.
    2. Ivory Wave available in the UK is fake, but still contains MDPV. If this MDPV had to be illegally sourced or manufactured, it’s more likely to be impure, and these impurities are doing some damage.
    3. Ivory Wave available in the UK is fake, but still a new product with new, legal and dangerous chemicals in, trying to capitalise on the original Ivory Wave’s reputation
    At first glance, it looks like we can ignore the first one. If it’s been around for ages, why are we only hearing about it now? Well, before the cathinone ban, Ivory Wave was definitely the strongest, but nowhere near the most enjoyable or popular product, so people tended to steer clear of it. However, when the ban came into effect, and somehow Ivory Wave was still around, lots of people looking to find a “mephedrone replacement” would have stumbled across it. This spike in popularity makes scenario #1 as plausible as the rest, so for now, it’s anyone’s guess.

    For now, I’d advise anyone to steer clear, especially the stuff in red foil packets as that’s the type most frequently mentioned in the myriad forum posts on the topic.

    By me, August 21st, 2010
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