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Mephedrone Banned On Friday 16th April

By John Clarke

Fol­lowing the ACMD’s report on the cath­inone deriv­at­ives (Part I & Part II), here is the latest amend­ment to the Misuse of Drugs Act to control them:

Dan­gerous Drugs, England And Wales
Dan­gerous Drugs, Scot­land
The Misuse of Drugs (Amend­ment) (England, Wales and Scot­land) Reg­u­la­tions 2010

Made
31st March 2010

Laid before Par­lia­ment
1st April 2010

Coming into force
16th April 2010

The Sec­retary of State makes the fol­lowing Reg­u­la­tions in exer­cise of the powers con­ferred by sec­tions 7, 10, 22 and 31 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971(1).

In accord­ance with section 31(3) of that Act the Sec­retary of State has con­sulted with the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.
Cita­tion, com­mence­ment, inter­pret­a­tion and extent

1. — (1) These Reg­u­la­tions may be cited as the Misuse of Drugs (Amend­ment) (England, Wales and Scot­land) Reg­u­la­tions 2010 and shall come into force on 16th April 2010.

(2) In these Reg­u­la­tions “the 2001 Reg­u­la­tions” means the Misuse of Drugs Reg­u­la­tions 2001(2).

(3) These Reg­u­la­tions extend to England, Wales and Scot­land.
Amend­ment to the 2001 Regulations

2. The 2001 Reg­u­la­tions shall be amended as follows.

3. In Schedule 1 (which spe­cifies con­trolled drugs subject to the require­ments of reg­u­la­tions 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 23, 26 and 27)—

(a) in para­graph 1(a), after “meth­cath­inone”, insert—

“4 – methylmethcathinone”;

(b) after para­graph 1(l), insert—

“(m) Any com­pound (not being bupro­pion, diethyl­pro­pion, pyro­va­lerone or a com­pound for the time being spe­cified in sub – para­graph (a) above) struc­tur­ally derived from 2 – amino – 1 – phenyl – 1 – pro­panone by modi­fic­a­tion in any of the fol­lowing ways, that is to say—

(i) by sub­sti­tu­tion in the phenyl ring to any extent with alkyl, alkoxy, alkyle­ne­dioxy, haloalkyl or halide sub­stitu­ents, whether or not further sub­sti­tuted in the phenyl ring by one or more other uni­valent substituents;

(ii) by sub­sti­tu­tion at the 3 – pos­i­tion with an alkyl substituent;

(iii) by sub­sti­tu­tion at the nitrogen atom with alkyl or dialkyl groups, or by inclu­sion of the nitrogen atom in a cyclic structure.”.

David Hanson
Min­ister of State
Home Office
31st March 2010

Let’s take a look at this and try and make some sense of it shall we?

(a) in para­graph 1(a), after “meth­cath­inone”, insert—

“4 – methylmethcathinone”;

First off, mephed­rone (4-​​methylmethcathinone) is expli­citly men­tioned to appear after meth­cath­inone, which is already class B. I suppose we knew that much was going to happen already, so onto the more com­plic­ated stuff…

(b) after para­graph 1(l), insert—

“(m) Any com­pound (not being bupro­pion, diethyl­pro­pion, pyro­va­lerone or a com­pound for the time being spe­cified in sub – para­graph (a) above) struc­tur­ally derived from 2 – amino – 1 – phenyl – 1 – pro­panone by modi­fic­a­tion in any of the fol­lowing ways, that is to say—

This means that any cath­inone deriv­ative described by any of the fol­lowing para­graphs will also become class B. Like the can­nabin­oids banned last December, this ban doesn’t list a tonne of indi­vidual sub­stances, but instead covers a wide range of actual and the­or­et­ical sub­stances by detailing pos­sible alter­a­tions to the ori­ginal cath­inone struc­ture. Here they are:

(i) by sub­sti­tu­tion in the phenyl ring to any extent with alkyl, alkoxy, alkyle­ne­dioxy, haloalkyl or halide sub­stitu­ents, whether or not further sub­sti­tuted in the phenyl ring by one or more other uni­valent substituents;

This first part covers modi­fic­a­tions of the phenyl ring, or “round bit” of the cath­inone struc­ture (R4). Unfor­tu­nately, this covers a massive range of com­pounds, including Mephed­rone (alkyl), Methed­rone (alkoxy), Methylone, Ethylone, Butylone & MDPV (all alkyle­ne­dioxy) and flephed­rone (halide; also includes the 3-​​F isomer) .

(ii) by sub­sti­tu­tion at the 3 – pos­i­tion with an alkyl substituent;

This covers the addi­tion of a carbon side chain of any length on the carbon atom just before the nitrogen atom (usually referred to as the alpha carbon).  All the com­pounds listed in Annex A,  Appendix 1 of the ACMD’s report include a chain of at least one carbon long (alpha methyl­a­tion), but by not spe­cifying the length of this “alkyl sub­sti­tute”, this also covers  existing com­pounds with longer alpha side chains such as pentylone and MDPV as well as any poten­tially inter­esting the­or­et­ical compounds.

(iii) by sub­sti­tu­tion at the nitrogen atom with alkyl or dialkyl groups, or by inclu­sion of the nitrogen atom in a cyclic structure.”

The final nitrogen atom present in cath­inone has two avail­able places to add stuff. One or both of these could be a carbon chain (alkyl or dialkyl), or a single carbon chain could form a ring by starting and ending at this nitrogen atom (the “cyclic struc­ture”), which is what this part covers. Examples include eth­cath­inone (alkyl — a single carbon chain), n,n-dimethylcathinone (dialkyl — two carbon chains) and MDPV (includes the cyclic pyrrolid­inyl structure).

I know that’s still quite tech­nical, but hope­fully what I’ve written is a little clearer than the ori­ginal text. Feel free to ask ques­tions in the com­ments though!

The gist is, all the popular cath­inone deriv­at­ives men­tioned by name above will become class B on Friday 16th, as well as a great deal of the more eso­teric ones. One com­pound not included in this ban is naphyrone, cur­rently mar­keted as Energy-​​1 or NRG-​​1. Unfor­tu­nately, I hear it’s rather shit and also not par­tic­u­larly safe, but the ACMD are already looking into banning that for next time. That’s pretty much it for cath­inones in the UK then. I feel like we should all go out and get com­mem­or­ative T-​​shirts or some­thing… :(

On a more serious note, for those pre­vi­ously law abiding cit­izens who have developed a psy­cho­lo­gical addic­tion to mephed­rone, you have two choices: con­tinue buying lower quality stuff at an inflated price from a regular drug dealer or find some help. Luckily, Drug​-Forum​.com has a great Recovery and Addic­tion section that you should def­in­itely check out.  You’re also welcome to post your stories and pro­gress in the com­ments under this post.

6 Responses to Mephedrone Banned On Friday 16th April

  1. j03 says:

    Fok. *ahem*.

  2. rex mundi says:

    so mdma which is undoubtedly less harmful is class a yet this is class b…the gov­ern­ment stays failing

    fur­ther­more, the amount of people who have been stock­piling this is ridicu­lous; they’ve just put the power back in the hands of organ­ised crime

  3. Steve Rolles says:

    Naphyrone is spe­cific­ally men­tioned in the report under the generic ban recom­mend­a­tion so i assumed it was covered. …?

  4. Synchronium says:

    Hi Steve,

    This is from Annex A of the report (the para­graph before Fig. 2):

    In addi­tion to com­pounds with the gen­er­al­ised struc­ture in (Figure 1, Annex A) the phenyl ring can be replaced with a naph­thyl ring (e.g. Figure 2, Annex A) or with a thiophene ring. The naph­thyl ana­logue of pyro­va­lerone (Figure 2, Annex A) is avail­able on the Internet and is being retailed as “NRG-​​1”. These com­pounds cannot easily be included in a generic defin­i­tion for the cath­inone deriv­at­ives having the gen­er­al­ised struc­ture in Figure 1, Annex A, but they could be con­trolled as named sub­stances or by one or more sep­arate generic defin­i­tions. The ACMD intend to review these sub­stances and provide further advice at a later date.

    That, and the fact that pre­vious cath­inone vendors are now selling it along­side MDAI and dimetho­caine would suggest it’s still legal.

    This also means that cathinone’s the­or­et­ical naph­thyl analog is also legal, however effic­a­cious that may be.

  5. Tim says:

    Oh well. When alkal­oids are out­lawed, only outlaws will have alkal­oids. Whoops… that’s not gonna work out, since every creature (us included) with pineal glands pro­duces it nat­ur­ally in the brain — and for a VERY GOOD REASON, one can imagine.

    Duh.

    Gaia, ONE. Gov’t: ZERO.

  6. Perpetua says:

    Hi,

    More legis­la­tion! The real message I would like to everyone is to use your “tipple” wisely. Dont bathe in the goddam stuff and don’t boast your exper­i­ences with high doses Be dis­crete. Many western gov­er­ments (US aside) are enlightened enough to allow dis­crete pur­chase and sale.

    Due to idiots who like to push the envolope MDPV aka desoxypi­pradol is no longer avail­able legally in the UK. This was the only drug that helped my (double dia­gnosed) adult ADD. I live in the UK where they do not treat adult ADD. What dou I do now? Start my own Research Chem­ical outfit that only deals with sens­ible dis­crete customers.

    There are a lot of out of work capable chem­ists out there, US and EU, dodging the laws are a piece of piss. We do however, gen­er­ally, not like to deal with molecules that have had no human exposure. MDPV was the deoxy meta­bolite of pipradol, a mild stim­u­lant used .… even before my time. That is the type of molecule I like to see on offer to the public

    Keep it safe and discrete.

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