Ivory Wave – New Legal High
The mother of a chef whose body was found off the Isle of Wight, claimed that a new drug “Ivory Wave”, a new legal high, may have caused his death. The warning came a week after doctors in Cumbria expressed concerns over the substance following a spate of Ivory Wave-related admissions. Michael Bishton, 24, was found by a fisherman off Whitecliff Bay, near Bembridge, Isle of Wight, on Saturday.
His mother said he took the drug days before his death.
The drug, which is sold legally for about £15 a packet, is advertised as relaxing bath salts, in order to bypass the UK’s food and drug regulations. Similar steps were taken by online vendors of the drug mephedrone, who sold it as plant food. St George’s Hospital University, in London, back in 2009 analysed Ivory wave. It contains MDPV, a powerful stimulant, and lidocaine, a numbing agent, possibly included in the product to imitate the effects of cocaine.
But without testing the batch Bishton used, there’s no way of knowing the true contents of the product currently sold as Ivory Wave.
MDPV was made illegal in the UK along with mephedrone and other chemicals which share the same basic structure. It is active at extremely low doses – as low as 5mg, as compared to around 100mg for other, similar stimulants – meaning users can inadvertently take huge overdoses, leading to psychosis and delusions. guardian
It also emerged today that six people thought to have taken Ivory Wave were admitted to hospital in Cumbria last week. Some of those taken to West Cumberland hospital in Whitehaven were suffering with extreme agitation and visual and auditory hallucinations. Some of the patients had to be placed in the critical care unit and placed under cardiac monitoring for up to 12 hours, and in one case, it took four porters to restrain a young woman believed to have taken the drug.
Dr. Kate Wilmer says - “People are coming into the hospital in an extremely agitated state with acute paranoid psychosis,” she said. “If you try to give them anything to help them, they are convinced you are trying to harm them so we have had to completely knock out two or three of them in order to treat them.” Guardian
Last week Scotland’s chief medical officer wrote to NHS directors across the country last week to alert them to the drug. Dr John Ramsey, a toxicologist and director of the Tictac Communications drugs database at St George’s medical school in London, said it was impossible to know what chemicals were now in Ivory Wave. Just last Wednesday, police seized numerous” substances including Ivory Wave when they raided four addresses in Whitehaven and Workington. Two Whitehaven men, aged 55 and 29, were arrested on suspicion of supplying class B drugs and then bailed as tests were carried out on the substances.
In conclusion, no one knows if this new Ivory Wave is the same tested last year without a sample….but that isn’t stopping fools from putting their lives in danger.