By: Jack Thorndike, NARK News
– a-PVP (alphaPyrrolidinopentiophenone)
In the 1st edition of the NARK News we discussed the synthetic stimulants and the three (3) basic chemical formulations: MDPV; Methylone; and Mephedrone. All three (3) of these were placed as Schedule I substances in the emergency legislation introduced and passed by the DEA. Many stateshave addressed these substances and like Wisconsin and Indiana, have introduced and passed amendments to include these substances and all analogs. Remember what an analog is; a structural derivative of a parent compound.
Now we are introduced to a new chemical formulation of alphaPyrrolidinopentiophenone (a-PVP),
which is a standalone synthetic stimulant not related to any of the three (3) original substances. This is the optimum result for anyone mixing and introducing these synthetic products. By having a brand new substance, it forces the Federal Government to introduce additional emergency legislation and all states to add the substance individually to their CSA. Until this substance has been evaluated and added, a-PVP will be a legal substance and hence the expression, “legal bath salts.”
A-PVP has many of the same physiological results as MDPV. Users will see an improvement in their productivity, wakefulness, motivation, locomotion and endurance. So we don’t interpret the substance as a positive influence, the side effects of a-PVP are paranoia, hallucinations, schizophrenia and possible psychosis like symptoms.
The high is consistent with MDPV where it will last between 3 to 6 hours.
It will be very easy to misinterpret a-PVP for the other synthetic stimulants since the appearance of the substance is going to be consistent in a white to off-white powder. It will also be sold in the same size (¼, ½ and 1 gram) packages and type (both foil pouches and small round plastic containers).
The preferred method of taking the substance will be either snorting or vaporization off a piece of foil. Neither swallowing nor injection will be popular with this new substance.
Field Testing a-PVP:
Even though this substance is not yet controlled, we are trying to take the initiative and having an answer with a proper field test. We have conducted extensive testing at our lab, which
appears to have given us an answer to this new synthetic substance. Before sharing this information, we want to have the results reviewed by a 3rd party, independent crime lab. My hopes are
we will be able to disclose these findings either in the 3rd Edition of NARK News or before in an “a-PVP Field Test Announcement”.
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