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Old 08-09-2010, 10:40
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benzocaine deadly legal high!!!

Has anybody seen the article in the sun this morning about benzocaine the deadly new.legal high?! utter crease imo! What inert substance will they call for a ban on next? Is sounding like a recreational drug grounds enough for a full scare story.

The article is as follows.

"Sun investigation finds benzocaine is the latest terriofying legal high"
A DENTAL anaesthetic which can cause the heart to stop is being used by youngsters as a terrifying new legal high.

Britain's towns and cities are being flooded with benzocaine, a white powder bought easily on the internet and producing a similar effect to cocaine.
The white powder is often snorted just like coke - but now a Sun investigation can reveal that dealers are turning it into brack, a substitute for crack, the crystallised rock version of cocaine.
Benzocaine - known as benzo - is used in the UK as a dental anaesthetic and as an ingredient in first-aid ointments, throat sprays and sunburn remedies.
It is even used in condoms to help prevent premature ejaculation.
But it also has similar effects to cocaine, numbing the gums and nose, and gives a similar high, although weaker.
Now there are fears that it will become as widespread as meow meow, which was banned in April after a Sun campaign.
It is only illegal to sell benzocaine if the authorities can prove that the suppliers know it is being used in black market drug activity.
For years it has been the cutting agent of choice for greedy coke dealers, who mix it to make the class A drug go further.
Today, nearly 40 per cent of coke bought on the street is less than nine per cent pure.
The UK has the highest rates of cocaine abuse in Europe and, according to Home Office statistics, up to 365,000 people have used coke in the past month.
Dealers have realised that benzocaine can be "washed" into a version of crack which is much less expensive to produce.
By selling brack - the benzocaine version - the profit margin for dealers is up to 10,000 per cent.
And because it is readily available online - imported from China and the Far East - they feel they are operating within the law, although selling it for recreational use is highly illegal.
A rock of crack costs £10 on the street but a dealer will sell brack for £5 a rock. But it is no less dangerous.
Dr Ken Checinski, consultant psychiatrist to drugs information service Frank and medical director of charity Addaction, says: "We are already working on getting the message out early to youngsters who think that benzocaine is a safer version or cocaine.
"It isn't. It still causes massive damage.
"The most worrying aspect is people often take more of it than coke. The effects are weaker, although present, so they take more to replicate the high from cocaine.
"In high dosages benzocaine can cause the heart to stop - a massive heart attack.
"When smoked or snorted in bigger dosages it gets into the lungs, which can cause them to fill up with fluid.
"This rising trend in benzocaine use is very concerning, and we are aware it is growing in popularity with youngsters.
"It is used widely in the medical profession, which means it is easy to get hold of."
Benzocaine is bought online legitimately by pharmaceutical companies.
But the authorities are extremely concerned about the increasing use of benzocaine to get high.
They believe it is also introducing drug-takers to coke and crack.
An operation headed by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has uncovered mountains of benzocaine at ports over the past few months as dealers look for bigger and bigger quantities.
In just one week in May more than two tons were found at the port of Felixstowe in Suffolk and Stansted Airport.
The 83 barrels had a street value of £150,000 - but when sold as cocaine would have been worth £94million.
Now those caught importing vast quantities of benzocaine will have the book thrown at them, as authorities try desperately to clamp down on the spiralling trade.
Brodie Clark, head of the UK Border Agency, said: "With the purity levels of street-level cocaine falling, preventing the importation of cutting agents is becoming increasingly important.
"Last month a woman was jailed for nine years after we successfully proved that importing a cutting agent illegally was tantamount to supplying cocaine.
"That landmark ruling gives us much greater scope to target those involved in all aspects of drug-smuggling, including those importing the likes of benzocaine."
But this won't be able to stop people buying benzocaine online.
A simple Google search of "buy benzocaine" yielded thousands of results.
One website offers 1kg of benzocaine for £200. Another states: "Benzocaine is no longer importable to the UK.
"As a result, we only have limited stocks and cash on delivery is no longer available. Please phone for our best price but be quick."
Mick Matthews, Deputy Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Police and cocaine specialist for the Association of Chief Police Officers, says: "An individual was found to be selling what could be used as cutting agents in vast quantities from his garage on a housing estate, advertising in local papers and also on the internet.

"You can see a massive mark-up on the imported substances. The mark-up again from the cutting agent being added to an illegal substance - well, that just goes through the roof.
"A kilo of cocaine has a current price of around £50,000. If you double that kilo with benzocaine and you have two kilos, the dealer could then probably knock that out for something in the region of £80,000 to £90,000.
"So, as you can see, the profit margin on their initial outlay is significant."
It's clear that this latest drugs problem isn't going to go away fast.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...egal-high.html

When did such outright lying become acceptable? Enough is enough quite frankly. Now people will go out and try to get high off benzocaine...Christ.

Next week a scare story about how 12 year olds use ribena to get high, however this can cause.diabetes and is making.your children criminals!

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Old 08-09-2010, 10:46
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Re: benzocaine deadly legal high!!!

perhaps you could post a link to this article? I couldn't imagine anyone abusing benzocaine, although swirx has heard benzocaine cut cocaine is often mistaken for being higher quality then the real deal by most inexperienced in the trade due to its strong local anesthetic properties.

I think they are getting more people to try this "deadly legal high" by labeling it this rather then a not so fun chemical additive.
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:59
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Re: benzocaine deadly legal high!!!

SWIM doesn't know if he ever came across it or not (since all Cocaine on the european market is cut to some degree anyway), but benzocaine has one bad side effect that cocaine does not have asfar as SWIM knows: Methemoglobinemia, which is pretty nasty (check wikipedia for that, you don't want to take benzocaine, definitely not.)
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Old 08-09-2010, 14:05
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Re: benzocaine deadly legal high!!!

swim intends to link to it when it becomes available online, twas literally in todays issue, swim was just asking if anybody else had read it!
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Re: benzocaine deadly legal high!!!

Is this what you mean: Benzocaine 'crack' scam nets drug dealers massive profits

Im moving this thread as this is not a news article.
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Re: benzocaine deadly legal high!!!

This article is disgusting in it's misinformation.
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Old 11-09-2010, 01:23
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Re: benzocaine deadly legal high!!!

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This article is disgusting in it's misinformation.
very true, obviously it is used to cut coke but SWIM simply can't believe people abuse this. It would get you as high as aspirin.
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Old 11-09-2010, 01:54
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Re: benzocaine deadly legal high!!!

Its pathetic, it seems like some piss poor journalist have gotten the wrong end of the stick between dimethocaine and benzocaine used in cuts. Or at least thats the most benign explanation. The other is that the news media outright lied about a full article, which just makes me dispair too much to think about.
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Old 11-09-2010, 01:59
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Re: benzocaine deadly legal high!!!

Its the Sun. They are used to just writing lies. And I have seen journalists making up full stories even in respectable newspapers.
However, I do feel such journalists should be prosecuted for the results of their lies. Just look at what happened to the BS date rape drug articles and how the public started to replicate the suggestions. Same could happen here.
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Re: benzocaine deadly legal high!!!

will somebody please think of the children?!

seriously kids will try this and be hurt,possibly very badly,the sun as always is nothing but pure evil.
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Re: benzocaine deadly legal high!!!

The thing about benzocaine is that while it isn't psychoactive, high enough doses will cause seizures and even death. So someone that doesn't know better is going to buy some benzocaine off the net and keep on snorting it until they overdose because they read this article that says it'll get you high like coke. So stupid. I don't know anything about The Sun but I sure hope it isn't a legitimate paper in the UK. It seems the drug hysteria in UK is as bad or worse then America.

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Re: benzocaine deadly legal high!!!

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The thing about benzocaine is that while it isn't psychoactive, high enough doses will cause seizures and even death. So someone that doesn't know better is going to buy some benzocaine off the net and keep on snorting it until they overdose because they read this article that says it'll get you high like coke. So stupid. I don't know anything about The Sun but I sure hope it isn't a legitimate paper in the UK. It seems the drug hysteria in UK is as bad or worse then America.
It has one of the highest sales numbers for a paper in the UK, terrifying ey?
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Old 11-09-2010, 17:28
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Re: benzocaine deadly legal high!!!

Do they have like a "letter to the editor" feature like American papers do? I so, I'd suggest getting solid sources explaining that benzocaine will not get you high but is extremly dangerous in high doses and explaining how articles like this are actually increasing the danger because they suggest that you can get high off of it, and write in to the paper. Someone needs to stand up to this nonsense before some idiot kills themself with b-caine.
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Re: benzocaine deadly legal high!!!

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It [the sun] has one of the highest sales numbers for a paper in the UK, terrifying ey?
Yes. That is VERY terrifying. Very disturbing, too.
I post probably only 15% of the drug related articles I read to the news forums and have gotten into the habit of not even reading a story if it's posted in the sun.
I wish it were against the law for any media outlet to knowingly post fiction as truth.
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Re: benzocaine deadly legal high!!!

Yes, well, and something needs to be done about the idiots at "The Daily Star" that wrote this gem:

http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/sho...557#post890557

This is totally irresponsible writing. I can't believe no one calls them out on it.
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Re: benzocaine deadly legal high!!!

Err.. swim has purchased benzocaine spray on occassions but cant imagine how youd get high on it.

Totally irrelevant to swims purchase of course, it can be used to cut dextrose powder with coke. Spraying the dextrose with it will cause the same numbing effect as coke does.

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