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Research Chemical Death Of Southampton Youth Deemed Accidental

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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Adam Hunt, 18, died on 18 August after taking the substance alpha-methyltryptamin (AMT), marked "not for human consumption", at his home in Southampton, Hampshire.

    He had also purchased another drug, etizolam, but this was not found in his system, the Southampton inquest heard.

    Coroner Keith Wiseman recorded a verdict of accidental death. "Anyone taking this kind of drug in any kind of quantity is potentially walking into the unknown, into disaster really," Mr Wiseman said.


    'Experimentation gone wrong'

    The inquest heard Mr Hunt told a friend on 14 August he had bought 2g of AMT, which was supposed to have the same effects as MDMA (ecstasy), and intended to take it later that day.

    Det Sgt Jeremy Boughay, of Hampshire Police, said Mr Hunt's mother, Bernadette Fagan, returned home later and heard her son calling for help from his bedroom.

    He was described as "sweating and shaking" before being taken to Southampton General Hospital where he died four days later. Pathologist Dr Brian Green told the inquest a post-mortem examination found Mr Hunt, an electrical engineering student, died of multiple organ failure caused by taking a dose of almost 1g of AMT. "It was sadly an experimentation gone wrong," he said.


    Hallucinogenic properties

    Mr Boughay said Mr Hunt's computer was seized and it was found that he had researched AMT and other legal highs on the internet. Packets containing the drugs were also found which were marked "not for human consumption", the inquest heard.

    Mr Boughay said the drugs AMT [alpha-methyltryptamine] and etizolam [ IUPAC, depas] were not prohibited under the law but this did not mean they were safe to use.

    He explained that it was difficult to legislate against such products as a slight change in their composition would mean they would be classed as a different product, and would therefore no longer be banned.

    Speaking after the inquest, he said, "The point we are trying to make is that there is no process to ensure what is written on the packet is what is in there because they are unregulated."

    The inquest heard AMT, which has similar effects to amphetamines, was developed to tackle depression but was no longer used because of its hallucinogenic properties. Mr Hunt's mother and father Darren previously paid tribute to "a much-loved son" whose life had been "cut prematurely very short."


    BBC, 11/12/13

    Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-24915409

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  1. el duderino
    I wonder if creative wording could get around the labeling regulations Something like: Not for human consumption, accidental ingestion of more than 0.xxx grams of this substance has caused serious reactions or deaths!
  2. TheBigBadWolf
    This is one of the tragic cases that show how very important he work of the members of DF is. Anybody who is member on this board should pass on knowledge (or just the URL) to their friends and acquaintances.

    It is one thing to ignore the hypocritical 'not for human consumption' message , the other is to ingest an enormous amount of a substance no - or too little- resarch is done in beforehand..

    Another sad example where the restrictive drug policy leads - unexperienced drug users try out 'legal highs' and kick the bucket before they even know what is happening.
    This death is caused by politicians and law enforcement, not by a silly boy who took too much.

    Given a better availability of drugs that are well explored (cannabis, LSD etc.) and we have facts about this death would not have taken place.
    A shame.

    BBW
  3. gregzy
    The BBC are usually quite un-biased in their reporting I find and are more fact giving than story spinning like newspapers such as the Daily Mail.
  4. Amazing Jeans
    They can't put dosage instructions on the label by law, they say Not For Human Consumption' on the label to get round the law and in order to be able to sell the product in the first place.

    Like others have said doing 1g of this would kill pretty much anyone, it was an OD and must have been horrible.

    People really do need to research substances before taking them.

    A big part of me blames our governments for these needless deaths as we should be allowed to take what we want and education should be the key, not banning everything.

    RIP
  5. Motorway
    I have always thought that dose information should be on the label, it might well prevent stuff like this happening.
  6. tidruid
    This is sad.
  7. hookedonhelping
    I know the earth is populated with people who are in dire need of a eye exam, but 1g?! That is such a large amount of any psychoactive drug to ingest! The only conclusions I can come up with are:

    1) This was his first time using a crystalline drugs of any type.

    2) He read a trip report where someone claimed to have consumed .1g and didn't negotiate that meant 100mg, not 1g.

    3) He didn't know how to operate his scale properly (but unlikely given the fact he would have had to scratch his head at some point; noticing half his stash left.

    4) He wanted to commit suicide.

    All in all this is a terrible story that only supports the idea of restricting the sale of RC's to those 21 or older.
  8. el duderino
    Oh, multiple organ failure. missed that.
  9. el duderino
    This does seem like a one in a million chance. I wonder if this may have been a suicide, or if after the initial effects he was just so disconnected from reality he somehow mistakenly took the rest? The article said his computer showed he had researched the drugs online, hard to imagine an electrical engineering student not bothering to check recommended dosages prior to consuming, and who just gobbles up a whole gram of something? I mean 200 bucks worth of anything all at once will probably kill you. Except weed of course<:eek:) Also 4 days? No possible treatment? Seems like the docs could do better...and was it serotonin syndrome I wonder or maybe like his heart? Lots of questions. Something tells me we might be missing a piece of the story.
  10. mukcc
    I think this story should have noted the threshold dosage of AMT, its important for people to understand how easy it is to overdose on research chemicals. This being said, I feel like if Adam Hunt had researched more in depth, or maybe looked into DF's research chemical threads, he might have gone with a much lower dosage and still be alive.

    Research Chemicals can be dangerous as is, but they are especially extremely dangerous to those who neglect doing extensive Research before taking the Chemicals.

    I feel like before someone actually take a Research Chemical, they should do extensive research on a particular chemical for at least two weeks before actually taking it. That way they know almost everything about it and know what to the effects will be like, what is a safe dosage, how long the trip is going to last, unsafe drug interactions, etc.

    It's very sad how the majority of people who have died from taking Research Chemicals are those who haven't researched the chemical enough or don't use a scale to measure out their dosage. They hear a Research Chemical "is like MDMA" or "is like Acid" and they hardly research the chemical and just eyeball their dosage and end up ODing... Also ODing from Research Chemicals happens when dealers say something is acid or MDMA whenever in reality it's a Research Chemical...
  11. Rocko
    But he suffered a massive overdose which they completely failed to mention.

    From the way the article comes off, it would appear as though all research chemicals have a 50/50 chance at causing a fatality. Like RCs are a game of Russian roulette or something.

    That's what I was thinking. A nightmare trip... what an utterly terrible way to perish.

    Play it safe, kids. Invest in a scale or someone else will be investing in your coffin.
  12. dr ACE
    1000mg dosage of AMT would be one hell of a nightmare trip into death to end your life on,poor guy,
    research chemicals are so dangerous and the way there are marketed on the internet these days its no wonder that there are so many casualties like this
  13. Motorway
    Terrible. I am no expert but I thought doses 80mg were considered high? 1000mg would be massive.
  14. trdofbeingtrd
    I really wish you would elaborate because this is a very very important point. You seem to know about it, so if you want to go more into it, that would be cool.........think people should hear it.
  15. trdofbeingtrd
    I noticed 2 things right off the bat. For one, it seems that there is no exaggeration here about what the drug is or what it does. Please correct me if I am wrong, but it seems that it's basically unbiased reporting. I mean the odds of unbiased correct information about a psychoactive substance are like me not being called by debt collectors. It makes me smile that they did not go past truth to report about it.

    Now, those 2 things (a report being unbiased and true) might be amazing enough of a concept, but even more...I noticed a connection here in news media and I wouldn't mind some help.....it seems like the only time they stick to the truth and tell it in an unbiased way is when they talk about how dangerous research chemicals can be. They are so freaking dangerous (although I understand that people who respect them and use as they should are able to safely do them) that when information about what they are is said......it's true.

    The drugs that seem to be exaggerated and with scare tactics used or those which are not as heavy of substances but are illegal in some way or can be illegal in some way. It's not often that a drug such as marijuana, codeine, and magic mushrooms are given information about without some kind of.......(wait, kratom really comes to mind) some kind of insanely wrong "facts" sneaking their way in to make sure people and parents do NOT want people taking it. In reality many of these substances are safer when respected and not abused.

    No offense to users and respecters of research chemicals...........but fuck reefer madness, we have research chemicals. No scare tactics needed.......that says something eh?

    Oh, and of course as always, the death is sad......more so even because correct information given about substances saves lives......not bullshit.
  16. thebtman
    Totally Tragic.

    Everyone should be careful and exercise a lab based level of experimentation if they are inexperienced.