Naphyrone

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The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs have published advice to the government about a 'legal high' naphyrone, sometimes marketed as NRG-1. This presentation is a précis of their report.

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Naphyrone

  1. 1. ACMD consideration of the naphthylpyrovalerone analogues and related compounds. <br />Sometimes marketed asNRG-1, Energy1 or O-2482 <br />
  2. 2. Prevalence<br />The current prevalence of naphyrone use is unknown. However, many of the websites that were previously selling mephedrone now purport to be selling naphyrone through the brand name NRG-1.  <br />
  3. 3. ACMD Statement<br />“The branded product NRG-1 cannot be presumed to be naphyrone.”<br />Test purchasing carried out on behalf of the ACMD suggested that NRG-1 was often not naphyrone.<br />
  4. 4. Harms<br />There is limited published information on the pharmacology of naphyrone, however the ACMD suggest based on risks associated with other similar drugs that there may be:<br />“adverse effects on the heart and blood vessels, hyperthermia, dependence liability, and psychiatric effects including psychosis and anxiety. In extreme cases amphetamine-like drugs can cause death due to cardiovascular collapse or heat shock.”<br />
  5. 5. ACMD’s worries<br />The users of ‘legal highs’ may be at least partially motivated by a desire to buy a legal psychoactive substance rather than an illegal one. <br />But the risk is that what they are buying is not legal.<br />The potential for overdose: <br />users who purchase a named product, when purchasing that product for a subsequent time, may receive a product of different composition to their first purchase.<br />The potency of naphyrone is such that users only require a dose of approximately 25mg to have an effect. Since this dose is a very small amount it is unlikely that users will be able to, with any accuracy, measure out this amount. <br />
  6. 6. ACMD Recommendations<br />To schedule the drug as a Class B drug<br />The maximum penalty for possession of a Class B drug, if the case reaches Crown Court, is five years, plus a fine. <br />For trafficking, the sentence can be up to 14 years, plus a fine. <br />To undertake a Public Health and Education campaign which warns of the harms likely to be associated with naphyrone. <br />The campaign should also highlight the inconsistencies in the content of these products, the variable potency, risk of overdose and the possibility that users are purchasing drugs which are already controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. <br />

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