A substance that has been fatal at least 25 times, and hospitalized over 700 people is sweeping Russia. The designer drug, called MDMB (N) BZ-F, is causing dementia, and poisoning addicts wholesale.
The chemical is a synthetic cannabinoid, and Russian authorities are trying to stop the distribution of the deadly substance according to rt.com/news. The drug was originally produced in Southeast Asia, and then brought over to Russia.
Using the compound is pretty easy, as well as obtaining it. Users first soak herbal tea with the substance, and then after it dries the stuff is smoked. The average age of users is 24 years old.
These chemicals, or designer drugs are not unknown in the U.S. Bath salts, and other substances are being used despite them being illegal. Several Internet companies sell chemicals that people can buy to get high on. Bath salts, however, were made illegal in the U.S. not long ago, but analogues of those chemicals are created to dodge the laws.
While these chemicals are being modified to thwart state and federal laws, mostly young people are obtaining them to get high on not knowing what they can do to a person.
The drugs can cause psychic disorders among those who use them. This latest compound, MDMB /N/-Bz F, also known as, (S)-MDMB-CHMINACA, turned out to be a real poison, sending users into vegetative states, provoking dementia, and even respiratory arrest, which in some cases resulted in deaths according to tr.com/news.
A company called Cayman Chemical sells the compound. Prices? 1mg for $65.00, 5mgs. for $293.00, and 10mgs. for $520.00, as well as any amount you would like to buy above those amounts.
New drugs of abuse are showing up on the streets all the time, and those that are producing them care little about the person on the other end consuming them. The profits are more important than a life to these people, however, the search for “…new experiences is part of the human condition and for many, this includes the exploration of psychoactive substances. In some cases, the use of these substances may be just for experimentation by an individual or by small groups of like-minded people (what some term ‘psychonauts’), while in other cases, there may be a drive to exploit substances commercially. The success of this latter strategy is largely based on the acceptability of the substance to users, particularly in terms of its psychopharmacological effects and its side effects,” according to the book The new drug phenomenon published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Hopefully, this compound, MDMB, does not gain a foothold over here to add to the list of chemicals that are already being abused, especially those that fall in the category of research chemicals. It is those substances that truly pose a threat to humans as they are untested, and usually lead to serious medical problems, including death.
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