authorities are warning against "social tonics," promoted as safer legal
alternatives to street drugs.
The four products,
named "Peaq," "Freq," "PureRush" and
"PureSpun," marketed by Purepillz,
contain unauthorized drugs, says Health Canada.
The compounds contained
in those drugs have effects like amphetamines and the drug MDMA. They can cause
hallucinations, convulsions and slowed breathing.
They can increase
body temperature and blood pressure, dilate pupils and increase euphoria,
alertness and paranoia.
says it has repeatedly asked Purepillz to remove the products from the market
and is taking enforcement action because the company has not complied.
contain benzylpiperazine (known as BZP) and 3-trifluoromethylphenylpiperazine
(3-TFMPP), compounds that require a drug identification number (DIN) before
they can be legally sold in Canada.
says BZP and 3-TFMPP have no therapeutic uses and while BZP is frequently
claimed to be a "natural" substance, it is not a natural health
Health Canada says
it is carrying out an assessment to determine whether it would be appropriate
for these substances to be regulated under the Controlled Drugs and Substances