One interesting new thing I learnt at the SSDP-UK annual conference this weekend is that Bromo-Dragonfly is extremely dangerous.
Bromo-Dragonfly is a very highly potent psychedelic, so called because of the shape of its molecule. It is one of the most recently discovered ‘legal highs’ and has been responsible for a growing number of deaths
At least five deaths and dozens of hospitalizations, for instance, are believed to have been caused by a compound called Bromo-Dragonfly that was first developed in Nichols’s Purdue lab and is now produced for Westerners in China.
In one fatal 2009 batch, a San Jose man died after consuming Chinese-made Bromo that contained “unspecified synthesis impurities,” which may have contributed to the product’s toxicity, according to the underground drug user website Erowid. His distributor sent more of that batch to other users in Denmark and Spain, leading to at least one other death and numerous hospitalizations. And just last May, a Chinese manufacturer sent a college student in Oklahoma a mislabeled batch of Bromo when he had ordered a far less potent product. As a result, two more people died and six others were hospitalized after overdosing.
All of these deaths have been accidental. Classic cases of ‘death by misadventure’, they do highlight the need for some form of regulation of the legal highs market.
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