Just when we thought that we’ve seen everything, some sociopathic scientist got a mad genius idea to mix a brand new synthetic cannabinoid with cathinones, or ‘Bath Salts.’ This new class of designer drug was studied by investigators from the National Institute of Health Sciences in Tokyo in a report published in Forensic Science International.
Dirk Hanson wrote an article about the report (another words, he dummied it up for us) in his “Addiction Blog.” So, I’m dummying it up a little more for those of us that failed science class.
Investigators found a “completely new type of designer drug, URB-754,” which they purchased over the internet. This new synthetic cannabinoid compound was found to be blended with a cathinone (“bath salts”) derivative called 4-Me-MABP.
A completely unknown compound was also found “which is deduced to be the product of a reaction between URB-754 and the cathinone, 4-Me-MABP. This new designer amphetamine, called (N,5-dimethyl-N-(1-oxo-1-(p-tolyl)butan-2-yl)-2-(N′-(p-tolyl)ureido)benzamide).
It still doesn’t have a name.
The completely new designer drug is yet another new class of chemicals.
Furthermore, a tryptamine derivative (psychedelic) 4-hydroxy-diethyltryptamine (4-OH-DET), was detected to have been blended with a synthetic cannabinoid, APINACA, in the same product.
Investigators are reporting that the trend is to blend different types of synthetic drugs, such as cannabinoids, cathinones, amphetamines, psychedelics. And, for the mass market, I’m sure we’ll see them flavored with kid-friendly flavors like cotton candy, bubble gum, cherry, etc. Sociopaths have no boundaries. They are already making laced lollypops, cookies, and other yummy concoctions in many different sweet flavors. What’s next?
It was also reported that they found 12 new synthetic cannabinoids in their purchases.
To sum it up, we are not only finding new cannabinoids on the market regularly, but we are seeing new classes of chemicals. And, the new class of chemicals is a product of a blend of synthetic cannabinoids with ‘Bath Salts’ (cathinones) which created a derivative synthetic amphetamine. Yikes!!!
This is why it is crucial for legislators to understand that banning classes of chemicals will NOT work.
In Illinois, we have blanket legislation that bans any chemical, if it’s sold as a drug and not regulated by the FDA. It’s an amendment to the Food and Cosmetic Act that makes it illegal to mislabel and misbrand chemicals sold as drugs. It doesn’t matter what it’s called or if it’s stamped “Not for Human Consumption.” ANY chemical that is misbranded is illegal.
There will always be new classes of chemicals introduced on the market to bypass legislation if our law makers continue to write legislation that banns classes of chemicals.
Even with blanket legislation across the country, drug dealers will be motivated to introduce new chemicals in order to meet the demand for new drugs that can’t be detected in drug tests.
For all these reasons, education is crucial.