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News Release - Unique Drug Submission

To: The News Media
From: Dino Sgambellone, Chief of Police
Subject: Unique Drug Submission
Date: 01/28/2011


The Mansfield Division of Police Forensic Science Laboratory has identified a submission marketed as a bath salt called “Posh” from by the Patrol section as an analogue of a drug called Pyrovalerone. Pyrovalerone, a psychoactive drug with stimulant effects is a Schedule V Controlled substance. The analog, identified as Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) is currently unscheduled in the United States.


MDPV was first synthesized as part of a class of stimulants in 1969. MDPCV is found as a white or light tan powder. There are currently no known studies on the effects of MDPV on humans or proper dosing. MDPV is commonly described as boosting user’s libido; however it is also associated with extreme anxiety at higher doses.


The Mansfield Division of Police has recently encountered individuals under the effect of MDPV. Officers’ reports reflect extreme paranoia and hallucinations associated with the substance. Individuals have required hospitalization as a result of the abuse of MDPV. The effect of MDPV is being noticed nation wide.


On January 27, 2010 Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and law enforcement leaders warned Floridians of a new drug threat in the form of MDPV (Methylenedioxypyrovalerone), also known as “bath salts.” Bondi set up an emergency rule to add MDPV to the list of banned controlled substances.


“Due to the violent nature of the side effects involved in taking these drugs, the emergency rule will provide law enforcement with the tools necessary to take this dangerous substance off the shelves and protect the abusers from themselves as well as others,” said Bondi. “These are dangerous drugs that should not be confused with any type of common bath product.”


The METRICH Enforcement Unit continues to pursue the source of illicit drugs in the region. Suspected drug activity can be reported by calling 52-CRIME (522-7463).


Released By:
Dino Sgambellone
Chief of Police