New drug [MDAI] set to replace banned mephedrone as a 'legal high'

By Synchronium · Apr 18, 2010 · ·
  1. Synchronium
    MDAI, a synthetic chemical developed as an antidepressant, is already being advertised across the web as a 'miaow' replacement

    A synthetic chemical known as MDAI has already emerged as a successor to the drug mephedrone, which was banned in Britain this weekend.

    Analysts at the Psychonaut Research Project, an EU-funded organisation based at King's College London, which monitors the internet for new trends in drug abuse, said it had identified the substance as the likeliest contender to replace the former "legal high". Co-principal investigator Paolo Deluca said: "Websites are already starting to promote MDAI and this could become the next popular product."

    The drug replicates many of the effects of MDMA, or ecstasy, and was developed as an antidepressant by a team at Purdue University in the US during the 1990s. Experts believe its chemical blueprint could soon be mass-produced by the Chinese manufacturers who flooded the UK with mephedrone. Last year mephedrone became the fourth-most popular drug in Britain behind cannabis, cocaine, and ecstasy.

    The many websites selling mephedrone closed down last week with the final deadline for placing online orders 3pm on Wednesday. At the same time, sites began advertising or offering MDAI, most describing it as a "research chemical". One of the most popular mephedrone websites states: "New products for April – MDAI." Another announced the arrival of MDAI by declaring it was "proud to introduce a new compound to our product range". The cost of the chemical is about twice that of mephedrone, with a gram – which users say is enough for five hits – costing £25.

    Other online drug stores said they would soon sell substances that could circumvent the measures recently rushed through parliament to make mephedrone and its related compounds a Class B substance. Internet forums have surfaced in which MDAI users detail their experiences of the drug. Positive comments included a "snug" or "comfort-cloak" feeling; some described a "moderate serotonin burnout", or mild comedown. "Don't think it would be to everyone's tastes, there's no rushing/stimulation/euphoria like with other legals; it's more of a therapeutic feeling," one user said.

    Deluca said: "Users will decide if it is worth the money. If it is deemed not as powerful as ecstasy or cocaine, then it might not become as popular. But because it is an antidepressant with research status, it will make it much more difficult to declare illegal."

    The Psychonaut Research Project publishes reports to help states quickly identify new trends in drug abuse. The team identified mephedrone in 2008, long before it hit the headlines. Among the organisations that receive its updates is the US military so that officers can determine what drugs its personnel might be tempted to use when serving abroad.

    Deluca said that researchers were examining Scandinavia, because drug takers there are more experimental and can provide an early indicator of new substances that will later become popular on a wider scale in Britain. The first reported death involving mephedrone was in Sweden in 2008.

    Deluca said that, in addition to MDAI, it had also identified another synthetic substance – NRG-1 – that could become popular, but which the government's drug advisers are already looking at banning. Professor Les Iversen, chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, recently said it intended to review NRG, which is widely prescribed in France as an appetite suppressant.

    Mark Townsend, home affairs correspondent
    The Observer, Sunday 18 April 2010

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  1. Joe-(5-HTP)
    I doubt MDAI will be a replacement for mephedrone, they are too different.

    MDAI does not have the stimulant properties of mephedrone, thus making it unattractive to clubbers.

    That said, it would be interesting if MDAI became popular because of its relative safety. I will be very interested to see the media and social response to a popular RC of indubitable safety.
  2. Nnizzle
    God dammit. Can't wait till this NON NEUROTOXIC MDMA analogue becomes illegal.
  3. RaverHippie
    Wow anyone else see a disturbing trend here?

    The media got it's filthy eye on the RC scene so now it's trying to keep the publicity alive over a newfound vice of the masses that had previously gone by unknown.

    Anyone else think the lens that was hovering over the mephedrone debacle will stay on the RC scene until more stringent standards are in place?
  4. chillinwill
    Police warn about 'sparkle' – the new legal high

    Just hours after the ban on mephedrone came into force, officers are on the alert for yet another party drug

    Police have been put on alert for another dangerous "party drug", just hours after the ban on mephedrone came into force. Officers from around the country have flashed warnings about the rise of a legal high known as "sparkle" in recent months, as a series of deaths connected to mephedrone brought the synthetic stimulant to national attention.

    Users report that sparkle, also dubbed "legal MDMA", provokes effects including euphoria and increased brain activity similar to the Class A drug ecstasy. The UK's biggest online "head shop", selling drug paraphernalia, herbal stimulants and plant cultivation equipment, reported it had sold out of sparkle, which sells for £40 a gram.

    However, the content of the drug is shrouded in mystery – and even police and government experts admit they were unaware of the full details of its ingredients and effects.

    Details of the gap in the authorities' understanding of the latest legal high emerged as internal documents reveal that a government drugs helpline was unable to warn callers of growing fears over mephedrone because it lacked information on it.

    The Independent on Sunday has established that experts answering calls on the killer drug warned their bosses about the rising tide of concerns over legal highs almost 18 months ago – but later complained they did not have any information or advice to offer worried young people and parents.

    The Home Office has now acted to make mephedrone a Class B substance. West Mercia Police arrested and charged a man in Bewdley, Worcestershire, with possessing the drug just hours after it was made illegal. The drug has been linked to a number of deaths, although there is no conclusive scientific proof yet that it has been solely responsible for any of them. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recommended a ban. People possessing it now face up to five years in jail.

    Law-enforcement attention has now switched to the potential dangers of more legal highs, notably sparkle, which is already being marketed as a legal alternative to mephedrone. "We have had emails about this one from operational cops all over the country for the last few months," said Mal Taylor of the Police Federation. "We have had all sorts of slang names given to these substances in different parts of the country. We are looking into sparkle, but we just cannot say yet what is involved or exactly how dangerous it is."

    An adviser from the Frank drugs helpline last night admitted they had no official information on sparkle. "We are not fully aware of the full risks because there has been no research into them. There is a risk of death," she said.

    Papers obtained by the IoS show as recently as eight months ago, with anxiety over mephedrone escalating, the Department of Health had still not equipped its front-line drugs advisers with information to ease public fears. Despite the former home secretary Jacqui Smith ordering a review into legal highs, Frank staff were not given information to allay callers' fears.

    A document from April 2008 reported "an increase in calls about legal highs regarding risks and effects as callers often state 'they're legal so they must be OK'". However, later in the year, the helpline's experts reported that "parents [were] asking why Frank does not give information or advice on specific legal highs".

    By Brian Brady
    April 18, 2010
    The Independent
  5. Nnizzle
    Oh. My. God.
    A. What danger?
    B. Mephedrone has been illegal for like 3 days.
    C. Sparkle? Really?
  6. KingMe
    what i find most interesting/disturbing is that now people are banning drugs not beacuse they are harmful but because they "get you high". since when is trying to expand ones own worldview a crime?

    dont even get me started on the media coverage...

    next they'll start burning cds and books, they also make me happy and get me thinking.
  7. opana_man420
    "Deluca said that researchers were examining Scandinavia, because drug takers there are more experimental and can provide an early indicator of new substances that will later become popular on a wider scale in Britain. The first reported death involving mephedrone was in Sweden in 2008."

    hahahah how much do you think a hit of crack or h costs in scandanavia? lol rofl
  8. opana_man420
    obviously since it must be hard to get "import"drugs in scandanavia, scandinavians, forgo the exotic traditional psychedelics and try much riskier ways to indulge in the same activitys, its symantics:cool:
  9. snapper
    What's this about nrg-1 being a prescribed appetite suppressant in france ?
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  11. John Doe
    It would be one of the funniest things I can imagine if we, as a forum community, could silently organize a plan to subtly promote a completely fabricated drug as being the best drug that the world has ever seen with a high number of positive experience reports.

    Then throw in a few anonymous emails to the tabloids about a hospitalization or two, or a mother whose 12 year old child has turned into a devil and is completely addicted to the stuff just for good measure.
    I’d love to see how the story might end :)
  12. wkndrockstar
    here we go again i can allready hear the red tops media circus starting on this one. It would be nice if a drug came out and actually had some good press why dont they canvas to get alcohol banned instead of demonizing relativly safe drugs.

    does the governments drug advisory have a purpose??? what if mephedrone was found to be less harmfull than alcohol or tobacco would it get made legal?
  13. TheUnicorn
    What the hell, are they trying to sell drugs to children or something? I guess articles like this are to drug dealers what advertising is to legitimate businesses. This unicorn fellow I know recons alot of this is because recently papers have noticed this kind of news moves their units, with the mephedrone bad wagon being exhausted, this is the new way to go it seems.

    On the subject of it being a recreational drug, Unicorn doesn't see that happening any time soon. It just doesn't have the typical effects of a party drug, with it antidepressant and all.

    Thats such an amazing idea. The Unicorn says he's up for helping out if its needed.

    -The Unicorn
  14. Lollante

    "Following the government's banning of dangerous club drug 'miaow miaow' in April this year, early reports of a new vicious death danger to your children are surfacing. The new research chemical, manufactured in China, goes by the street names "armpit juice", "Chinese burn" or "happyslurp" and acts on a part of the brain known as "Shatner's Bassoon". Early reports from Scandinavia (a part of Europe known for illegal hedonism and immoral lifestyles) indicate that this new drug should be considered a "hyper-mega-death risk" to your children and you should react with the appropriate level of outrage.

    Cases of users vomitting up their own internal organs have become apparant, including at least one disturbing case in which a girl vomitted up her own spleen before consuming it again in an insatiable lust for the traces of "armpit juice" it still contained. One young kiddie on "Chinese burn" cried all the water out of his body. Just imagine how his mother felt. It's a fucking disgrace!

    Help the Evening Standard get "happyslurp" scheduled as soon as possible and prevent this happening to your kids!"
  15. snapper
    The problem with inventing a fake drug is inventing a fake structure that would convince people. Then there would be some chemical factory that would try to make it and sell it, and, well, more bad stuff would happen. The structure of an imaginary substance of abuse would be hard to come up with.
    Now some new plant maybe, or perhaps a cocktail of things. SWIM remembers the cat urine gets you high posts and bets lots of people tried it. If people will freebase cat urine you can get them to believe anything.
  16. BoyInTheCountry
    SWIM has taken MDAI it wont replace Mephedrone, it has no stimulant effects what so ever. MDAI is more like even more chilled Methylone. If it does become popular thought I would like to see people trying to explain their little wrap of light brown powder is a legal high and not heroin. The upside of MDAI would be that it seems to be pretty safe and have no side effects, a much cleaner drug than Mephedrone. Would it be good if this was the next big legal high, probably yes because its 'safe' will it be though, no, it will be something nasty.

    Also I thought MDAI was covered by the cathinone ban anyway, was it not?
  17. Kremmen13
    Most of that's from "Brass Eye", isn't it? Chris Morris invented a new drug called "Cake" and got an MP to ask questions about it in Parliament. Hilarious episode!
  18. Seaquake
    ‘Legal high’ peddlers offer alternative to newly banned drug

    A synthetic chemical said to mimic the effects of cocaine is being marketed as the new legal party drug now that mephedrone has been outlawed.

    An investigation by The Times has found that suppliers of “legal highs” are pushing a substance called sub coca dragon to stay ahead of legislation.

    A reporter visited two Dr Herman’s “head” shops, in Manchester and Warrington, on Saturday morning to investigate how the ban on mephedrone, also known as miaow-miaow, was working. She was told on both occasions that mephedrone, which became illegal on Friday after it was linked to several deaths, had been taken off the market. She was instead offered sub coca dragon, which was described as “similar and still legal”.

    Two grams of the white powder were purchased at £20 each. The sachets bore the warning: “Research chemical not for human consumption.”
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    Government ministers, police and drug agencies had been warned that the market in so-called legal highs was suffciently sophisticated and financially lucrative to stay ahead of legislators.

    The Times opted for the Dr Herman’s chain in the North West after the exposure in March that Sean Ellman, a director of the company and an MP’s son, was “one of Britain’s biggest miaow dealers”.

    The reporter posed as a customer at the Dr Herman’s store in Church Street, Manchester, and asked a member of staff if mephedrone was available. The young man, laughing, said: “No, that was banned. We can’t give you any of that. It is a Class B drug now.” Asked if he knew where it could be bought now that it was illicit, he replied: “No, sorry, I can’t help you with that.”

    But our investigator was told that there was something similar to mephedrone: “We have sub coca dragon — that’s similar and still legal.” Asked the effects, the young man replied: “Well, it is from the sub coca plant, so it’s from the same family as cocaine.”

    As the transactions took place, customers were entering the shop to ask for cannabis seeds. The shop offers seed banks, books about cannabis and smoking and growing equipment.

    Our reporter also asked the availability of another legal high, naphyrone, a substance that some fear is on the way to Britain. The shop assistant said: “No, that is banned over here. It’s really dangerous. You don’t want to take that. It strips your brain of dopamine and messes you up. I wouldn’t touch it.”

    As the reporter left, the assistant said: “Do you want the sticker to go on the bag, so you know what it is? It says ‘not for human consumption’ — we have to say that.” Our reporter asked if the substance was plant food, like mephedrone. He laughed and replied: “No, you can’t give any of it to plants. It wouldn’t do them any good. It’s just what they have to say to get around it.”

    At the chain’s Warrington branch, the assistant firmly brushed aside our attempts to buy mephedrone. “We don’t sell that — it is illegal,” she said. Yet the reporter was again offered sub coca dragon as a substitute. She was told that she could have powder at £20 a gram or four tablets for £30. The reporter bought a gram and then left.

    The Government’s drug advisers are looking at naphyrone, with a view to banning it. Sub coca dragon is so new that it is not listed by the Government’s Frank drugs helpline.

    by: Russell Jenkins and Rachel Spencer
    19th April 2010
    The Times

    Comment: Sub-Coca plant- yeah right...
  19. kalishakti
    This has been the story all along... drugs being banned not because of intrinsic physical danger, but because of the sociopolitical hazard they create for the elites when the common people start to question a lifetime of indoctrination and propaganda.

    Besides, what better way to reduce most people to slaves, than to outlaw them (the people) by outlawing pleasurable behavior (==impossible!)... outlaw pleasure seeking behavior in humans.. absurd. Always will be a new pleasure.. then again the point is to keep us looking over our shoulders and living in fear (keep us in line) over insignificant, private behavior, so the powers that be can keep up their thievery and slaving without resistance by the exploited. And after all, isn't life to be enjoyed (pleasure).. not just to miserably toil from cradle to grave for the profit of the elites?

  20. BoyInTheCountry
    Uh oh Dimethocaine is popping up all over the place now, the media will love this "ITS LIKE COCAINE BUT WILL KILL YOU QUICKER", the media wont even have to think to much about a clever name as it shares half its name with Cocaine.

    My bet is Dimethocaine will be the next big thing not MDAI Im sure punters will be just turned on as the media by the fact that it has 'caine' in its name.

    Stone me what a life.
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