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April 18, 2011

DEA requests information on synthetic cathinones and MDPV

Filed under: Cathinones — mtaffe @ 12:38 pm

In what is presumably a lead up to a scheduling action, the DEA has requested information on several drugs of abuse that have been appearing in the US.

The sudden appearance of synthetic cathinones (see list below) on the designer drug market in the United States is of great concern.

  • MDPV synonym 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone
  • Mephedrone synonyms 4-methylmethcathinone, 4-MMC
  • Methylone synonyms 3,4-methylenedioxymethcathinone, MDMC
  • Naphyrone synonyms napthylpyrovalerone, NRG-1
  • 4-Fluoromethcathinone synonyms 4-FMC, flephedrone
  • 3-Fluoromethcathinone synonym 3-FMC
  • Methedrone synonyms 4-methoxymethcathinone, bk-PMMA, PMMC
  • Butylone synonyms bk-MBDB, beta-keto-N-methylbenzodioxolylpropylamine

For what it is worth, some indication of scope from the National Forensic Laboratory Information System is included:

The American Association of Poison
Control Centers reported that in 2010, poison centers took 298 calls about synthetic
cathinones. As of March 2011, poison control centers have received 1,241 calls relating to
these products for this year. These calls were received in poison centers in 47 states and the
District of Columbia. In 2009, the National Forensic Information System (NFLIS) received 14
reports of analyzed seizures from 8 states related to these substances. However, in 2010, there
were 290 reports of analyzed seizures from 21 states related to these substances reported to
NFLIS. Thirteen states including Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan,
Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming Florida, Louisiana,
North Dakota, and have passed laws to control all or many of these synthetic cathinones

Additional Reading

Web-based survey on mephedrone
A podcast on khat (plant material contains cathinone)
ONDCP statement of concern 02/01/2011


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