Fox 2 Found "Cocaine" Substitutes Are Controlled Substance And Covered Under Missouri Law
Missouri law may already ban a substance first exposed by Fox 2. A former drug user first alerted us to novelty bath salts that he called "10 times stronger than cocaine." Investigator Chris Hayes found the sellers may not be getting around the law after all.
We first told you about Ivory Wave this past October. We bought it at a St. Louis County smoke shop where a salesman explained how you sniff it. During our investigation, a 29 year old St. Joseph man who was using it, began having hallucinations and shot himself to death.
Our reports have caught the attention of authorities all across the State, including Bob Welsh from the Missouri Safety Center in Warrensburg who told us, "Many of these new drugs that are showing up are research chemicals these were never meant to be released to the general public."
How are stores getting away with selling it? They sell it as novelty bath salts.
We took "Ivory Wave" to the St. Louis County Medical Examiner's office. A toxicologist found a version of the controlled substance Pyrovalerone. It's called Methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV. It's dangerous, but off the government's radar, so it's not listed as a controlled substance. Welsh says Missouri lawmakers already put protections in place for scenarios just like this, by banning analogues of controlled substances. He says this is one.
Welsh said, "I've talked to Highway Patrol Toxicology lab about Ivory Wave. I've talked to the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs here in Missouri. They are very concerned that the substance MDPV, sold as Ivory Wave is being sold "legally." It's not being sold legally."
Stores said they pulled Ivory Wave from the shelves when we confronted them. But we soon found they replaced it with another product called Starry Nights. We also took it to Dr. Christopher Long at the St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office for testing. He found it's even stronger.
Dr. Long said, "The one you brought doesn't have anything as a cutting agent."
In Ivory Wave, he found Pyrovalerone, cut with the drug Lidocaine. In Starry Nights, he found pure Pyrovalerone, a hallucinogen. Long said, "Yes and the length that it's going to act on you is going to be longer and that's going to have more biological affect."
This is so new that prosecutors haven't seen a case yet, but as we're exposing here in the Fox Files, they should have the power to act, despite attempts by the sellers to hide a potentially dangerous substance inside novelty packages.
By Chris Hayes
November 24 2010
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