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Mephedrone legal high made illegal?

Posted by David Bradley on March 4th, 2010

Mephedrone (2-methylamino-1-p-tolylpropan-1-one), also known as 4-methylmethcathinone (4-MMC), 4-methylephedrone, “meow meow”, “Miaow”, is a stimulant and entactogen drug of the phenethylamine, amphetamine, and cathinone chemical classes. It is reported to be contained in some so-called legal highs and is sometimes sold mixed with methylone, also known as Bubbles.

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Authorities in the Channel Island of Guernsey have told BBC News they are considering classifying the synthetic stimulant mephedrone as a class A drug.

Acetominophen and kidney failure

Posted by David Bradley on February 24th, 2010

Acetominophen (paracetamol)Acute kidney failure is a relatively common effect of muscle injury, whether crushing or exercise induced. Now, researchers at the University of Essex in England have discovered that the commonly used painkiller acetominophen (paracetamol in the UK) can protect against kidney failure by blocking the effects of free-radicals produced when myoglobin and other proteins from damage muscle cells enter the blood stream and reach the kidneys.

“Currently there are few treatments available for this condition beyond kidney dialysis and certainly none that specifically target the mechanism of damage,” says a report in Business Weekly based on a press release from the journal in which the research results were published, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Once this benefit of the common painkiller acetominophen is proven clinically, it is likely to become a standard drug to be found in the paramedic medicine bag, especially at the sports arena and during disaster recovery where people may have been crushed, for instance.

Carisoprodol Soma

Posted by David Bradley on September 15th, 2009

Carisoprodol SomaApparently, WWE’s Jeff Hardy has been embroiled in a drugs scandal related to prescription drugs such as carisoprodol (Soma) and steroids. Allegedly, “excessive” amounts of these and other substances were found in his home. Jeff Deville’s column on PWTorch defends the amounts reported.

You can read more about Carisoprodol the muscle relaxant here.