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New ‘legal high’ causes concern

A new drug called ‘Ivory Wave’ is causing concern as reports come in of dozens of people being treated in hospital for psychosis after using it.  Available from the internet and marketed as bath salts, it costs just £15 a packet and is said to be three times stronger than cocaine.  However, newspapers are mistakenly reporting it as a ‘legal high’ when in fact the active ingredient found in some samples, MDPV (Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (3,4-methylenedioxy)) is a Class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act, April 2010.

Side effects can include heart problems, agitation, hallucinations and fits.   The hallucinations appear to be of the acute paranoid variety.

If you are interested in knowing more, click on the following link http://www.drugscope.org.uk/ourwork/pressoffice/pressreleases/ivory_wave_MDPV.htm or contact Press Officer, Marolin Watson, at 020 7928 0848 or m.watson@hopeuk.org

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