Ivory Wave

New psychoactive substances found in so-called ‘legal high’ brand ‘Ivory Wave’ are to become controlled Class B drugs, the government signalled today.

The psychoactive substance Desoxypipradrol (2-DPMP) is to be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 as a Class B substance, along with structurally related compounds to ensure that alternatives cannot be developed to avoid the ban.

The move follows advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) published this week. The ACMD found the health effects of 2-DPMP and its related compounds are similar to those of Class B drugs and have the potential to cause harm.

An initial recommendation from the ACMD to put in place an import ban on 2-DPMP was accepted and implemented by the government in November 2010.

An Order making the substance illegal will be put before Parliament this autumn. The Order will also seek to make phenazepam, also used as a ‘legal high’, a Class C drug along with other benzodiazepines following ACMD advice in July.

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