by Gopalan on  July 14, 2008 at 1:25 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News
 Beware of “Social Tonics,” Health Canada Warns
Canadian health 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.

Health Canada says it has repeatedly asked Purepillz to remove the products from the market and is taking enforcement action because the company has not complied.

The products 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.

Health 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 product.

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 Act.

Source: Medindia
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