SYNTHETIC COCAINE BOUGHT ON LINE FOR A FRACTION OF THE PRICE OF COCAINE
Posted on October 21, 2013 | By Henry | Leave a response
People are buying a new synthetic drug online that mimics the effect of cocaine yet costs a third of the price, or $80 a gram. The drug, called alpha-PVP, can arrive in two to three days.
Despite being declared illegal last month, sales of synthetic stimulants, known collectively as ”bath salts”, are being made online as customers in Australia source supplies with a simple click of a mouse.
Traditionally sold in sex shops and herbal stores, synthetic drugs mimic the effects of prohibited substances like cocaine, marijuana or amphetamines, with their chemical make-up continually tweaked to circumvent drug laws.
After several deaths – including that of Sydney teenager Henry Kwan, who jumped off a balcony after taking the synthetic amphetamine known as NBOMe – legislative changes prohibited the sale of such ”analogue” drugs.
However, they are readily available online, from companies calling themselves Bath Salts Direct, Legal Salts Online and Bath Salts Headshop, most of which offer ”free and discreet shipping”.
After telephoning one such company in Virginia in the US, the Herald was advised that one gram of a common bath salt called Eight Ballz would cost $US20 ($20.70), with a minimum order of $US200 – ”but for that, you get two free boxes”, a sales assistant said.
Eight Ballz would give me ”more strength and energy”, but if there was a desire for something more powerful, ”something more like cocaine”, he advised this reporter to get ”a-PVP”, which costs $US80 a gram, with a minimum order of four grams.
Shipping to Australia would take two to three days. ”We have many customers in Australia,” the assistant said. ”Shipping to Australia is no problem.” Payment could be made by Western Union.
Comments on the Australia Legal Highs Forum suggest orders can take several months to arrive.
Synthetic drugs have been in the headlines because of a week-long inquest into the death, from cardiac arrest, of Glenn Punch, who became psychotic after injecting himself with a bath salt called Smokin’ Slurrie in October last year