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.



  1. newsdeskinternational

    Hospital warning over ‘legal high’

    Six people were admitted to hospital in Cumbria last week after it was believed they had used the legal high drug Ivory Wave.

    Many of those taken to West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven were suffering with extreme agitation and visual and auditory hallucinations, said North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.


  2. newsdeskinternational

    Docs’ fears over new legal high

    A TERRIFYING new legal high has triggered a flood of people needing hospital treatment, doctors revealed yesterday.
    Staff at just one hospital said ELEVEN people in the last week had been rushed in after taking the mind-bending drug Ivory Wave.

    Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3100253/Docs-fears-over-new-legal-high.html#ixzz0wtLzuxk1

  3. Peter Reynolds


    The drugs issue is gaining huge momentum. Government policy looks increasingly ridiculous. More and more people are “getting it”. Prohibition just doesn’t work. Cowardly politicans have failed to grasp this nettle for years. Change is coming.

  4. newsdeskinternational

    Hospital admissions in Cumbria blamed on ‘legal high’

    Almost a dozen people have been admitted to hospital in Cumbria in recent weeks after apparently using the “legal high” drug Ivory Wave.


  5. newsdeskinternational

    Arrests made after ‘Ivory Wave’ raids on Isle of Wight

    Two men have been arrested after a raid on shops suspected of selling drugs and the legal high Ivory Wave.


  6. newsdeskinternational

    Police losing fight against new drugs and legal highs

    Yesterday the Daily Mirror revealed how a mind-bending legal high called Ivory Wave, which is labelled as bath salts and turns users into violent psychotics …


  7. newsdeskinternational

    Experts warn over the dangers of ‘Ivory Wave’

    Banning a new “legal high” drug every single day of the year would not be enough to stop people using them, experts have warned.


  8. newsdeskinternational

    Drugs in pubs: dodgy dealings and dodgy policies

    The pub trade has given a “cautious welcome” to government plans to ban new ‘legal highs’ for up to a year before they are assessed for classification.


  9. newsdeskinternational

    Hospitals warned to look out for legal high Ivory Wave

    Every A&E department in England has been sent an alert about the legal high Ivory Wave.


  10. newsdeskinternational

    Twelve admitted to Cumbrian hospital after taking ‘legal high’ Ivory Wave

    It’s funny, what people will put up with in the name of pleasure. From smokers to bikers, they’ll risk their whole lives for an everyday rush.


  11. newsdeskinternational

    Cumbria police on standby for violent Ivory Wave ‘victims’

    Police are on permanent standby to help medics in west Cumbria following concerns over the manic reactions of people taking the latest so-called legal high.


  12. newsdeskinternational

    Scientists ‘baffled’ by legal high Ivory Wave, says senior Cumbrian cop

    West Cumbria’s most senior detective has revealed that forensic scientists are “baffled” over the new so-called legal high Ivory Wave.


  13. newsdeskinternational

    Scientists ‘baffled’ by legal high Ivory Wave, says senior Cumbrian cop

    West Cumbria’s most senior detective has revealed that forensic scientists are “baffled” over the new so-called legal high Ivory Wave.


  14. newsdeskinternational
  15. newsdeskinternational

    Hallucinating boy ran amok in hospital

    A TEENAGER ran amok in the West Cumberland Hospital, frightening staff and patients, after taking the new legal high Ivory Wave, a court has heard.


  16. newsdeskinternational

    Europe cash cocoa: Trade slow, eyes on Ivory Coast crop

    Europe’s physical cocoa market was quiet this week, as dealers waited for a pickup in the flow of cocoa from West Africa in the wake of the official start to region’s main crop harvest.


  17. newsdeskinternational

    Victims of the latest legal high are already in our emergency rooms

    Mephedrone might have banned – but Dr Max Pemberton doesn’t believe that it has solved the problem of legal highs.


  18. newsdeskinternational

    ‘Legal high’ men bailed

    AN INVESTIGATION into the suspected sale of legal highs at two Island shops is to continue.


  19. newsdeskinternational

    Ivory Wave: Worse Than Cocaine and Legal

    It’s called Ivory Wave. A former drug user told us, “This could put drug dealers out of business.” It’s sold as a “novelty product” and marketed as $35 bath …


  20. newsdeskinternational

    Import Ban On Legal High ‘Ivory Wave’

    The ACMD’s advice on ‘Ivory Wave’ reinforces what we already know — that substances touted as ‘legal highs’ contain dangerous and illegal substances”. …


  21. newsdeskinternational
  22. newsdeskinternational

    Cocaine Substitute ‘Ivory Wave’ For Sale At Area Stores


  23. newsdeskinternational

    Sheriff Warns Of “Ivory Wave”

    First spice, now Ivory Wave. The Vigo County Sheriff is warning residents of a new legal drug growing in popularity across the …


  24. newsdeskinternational

    Ivory Wave bath salts — another way to get high

    The product goes by many names, but is most commonly known as Ivory Wave. It is packaged as bath salts, but a quick web search shows many are snorting or …


  25. newsdeskinternational

    Known as ‘Bliss’ or ‘Ivory Wave,’ legal bath salts are used for dangerous high

    One of its street names is “ivory wave.” Its effects resemble those of cocaine, but can last much longer, sometimes for days. “Fast heart rate, nausea, …

    Action News

  26. Janet

    WAFB Channel 9, Baton Rouge, LA |Town introduces ban on synthetic drugs

    Packets of fake bath salts are being sold under several different names: Cloud9, Red Dove, White Dove, Ivory Wave, White Lightening, Scarface and Hurricane …


  27. newsdeskinternational

    Officials fear bath salts are growing drug problem

    When Neil Brown got high on bath salts, he took his skinning knife and slit his face and stomach repeatedly. Brown survived, but authorities say others haven’t been so lucky after snorting, injecting or smoking powders with such innocuous-sounding names as Ivory Snow, Red Dove and Vanilla Sky.

    My Northwest

  28. Janet

    Florida bans sale of ‘bath salts’ product

    The Florida attorney general has banned the sale of a product sold as “bath salts,” but used as fake cocaine, officials said.


  29. Janet

    NY Sen. Schumer wants ban on drug-like bath salts

    U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York says he wants the federal government to ban new designer drugs known as bath salts that pack as much punch as cocaine or methamphetamines.


  30. Janet

    As It Stands: ‘Ivory Wave’ hit’s America’s shores with stealth and speed

    They contained a new recreational drug that is legal and potentially lethal: “Ivory Wave.” KTVI-FOX2 News reported last October – after months of …

    Times Standard

  31. Janet

    Senate passes ban on spice, Ivory Wave

    The Utah Senate approved legislation Thursday banning the possession of spice and so-called Ivory Wave – substances that lawmakers say are being abused by …

    Salt Lake Tribune

  32. Janet
  33. Janet

    Ivory Wave, spice, etc., now illegal in Utah

    Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden, making the products commonly known as spice and Ivory Wave illegal. The bill lists 17 synthetic products that are now illegal, and Herbert said after signing that he expects other such products will come on the market. …


  34. Janet
  35. Janet

    AP IMPACT: Synthetic drugs send thousands to ER

    Synthetic substances that mimic marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs are making users across the nation seriously ill, causing seizures and hallucinations and even killing some people.


  36. Janet

    ‘Bath salts’ drug possibly used prior to Spanaway family’s deaths

    It is sold in small packets or jars under the names Ivory Wave, Red Dove and Zoom. It can be found online and in convenience stores, smoke shops and businesses that sell drug paraphernalia, Moyer said. The drug contains substituted cathinones, …


  37. Janet

    Panel calls for ban on ‘bath salts’

    “It goes by names such as ‘Ivory Wave,’ but there is no soap in it. “The way they are selling it makes it absolutely clear that they are selling it as a drug.” Already, two people in Madison County have died as a result of sniffing bath salts. …


  38. Janet

    Coroner: Designer drug found in Spanaway couple

    The Spanaway solider who killed himself and his wife after an I-5 car chase, both had a chemical in their system that’s associated with a highly potent designer drug.


  39. Janet

    Some stores continue to sell bath salts despite Governor’s request to suspend sales (Ivory Wave)


  40. Janet

    Woman loses arm, shoulder after injecting bath salts

    A woman lost her arm, shoulder and collarbone due to flesh-eating bacteria that was caused by a self-injection of ‘bath salts,’ WWLTV reported.

    Fox News

  41. Janet

    Many drugs remain legal after “bath salts” ban

    People are inventing so many new, legal ways to get high that lawmakers can’t seem to keep up.


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