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Armenian P, Thornton S, Gugelmann H, Gerona RR. 
“Ease of Identifying and Purchasing Popular Research Chemicals via the Internet”. 
NACCT. 2015 Oct.
Novel psychoactive substances (NPS) marketed as“research chemicals” (RC), are sold online for ill-defined medical and scientific “research”. This tactic—and the label “not for human consumption”—allows online RC retailers to avoid legal restric- tions. This study’s aim is to identify what RCs are currently popular, and ascertain whether they can be obtained from publicly-accessible websites.

RESULTS: Ten highly-trending RCs were identified: AB-CHMI- NACA, 6-MAPB, 5-MAPB, AL-LAD, methoxetamine, etizolam, deschloroetizolam, flubromazepam, flubromazolam and ethylphenidate. Ten user forum COIs were identified: MDBP, 25B-BOMe, 25C-NBOMe, 25I-NBOMe, 25N-NBOMe, PX-2,MDPV, 5-MeO-DALT, 3MeO-PCP and 4MeO-PCP. Eight RC e-commerce websites meeting inclusion criteria were identified. They were based in the United Kingdom (UK) (4), Netherlands (1), Canada (1), China (1), and 1 was based in the UK but shipped from China. In February-March 2015, 8/10 highly-trending RCs and 6/10 COIs RC specimens were purchased from these websites. Methoxetamine, AL-LAD, MDBP, MDPV, 3MeO-PCP and 4MeO- PCP could not be purchased. In all 34 specimens representing 14 advertised RCs were ordered. Twenty-eight of 34 (82) were delivered by the end of the study period. LC-QTOF/MS confirmed 23/28 (82) specimens were the advertised chemical. These include 25B-NBOMe, 25C-NBOMe, and 25I-NBOMe which are illegal (US Schedule I, UK Class A). The other compounds are potential subjects for prosecution under the US Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act.
Notes # : Presented at NACCT October 2015
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