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Beware the bat man!

By johnboy - 9 July 2009 81

The police are warning of bad pills they came across last year bearing a Batman imprint and a triple cocktail of drugs:

    ACT Policing is issuing a warning to the public after two separate seizures of ecstasy, which were analysed and found to contain a dangerous mixture of substances.

    The tablets were found to contain Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), Benzylpiperazine (BZP) and Trifluoromethylphenylpiperazine (TFMPP).

    Overseas cases have shown that the combination of these three substances have can lead to serious illness and death in some cases.

    In a case in Canberra in October 2008, a 24-year-old man was hospitalised after consuming two tablets, one of which contained MDMA, and the other containing BZP and TFMPP.

    Detective Senior Constable Mark Battye, Coordinator of Drug and Alcohol Policy for ACT Policing said “Taking these types of pills may seem harmless at the time, however you simply don’t know what else is in these tablets.

    “People taking these types of tablets are taking a big gamble with their health and their lives. The people making and selling these tablets don’t care, they just want money.

    “These tablets may still be in circulation and were urge anyone who may sight these tablets being sold, or may know some who is selling them to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. It is also important to remind members of the public that they can remain anonymous when providing information through Crime Stoppers,” Detective Senior Constable Battye said.

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Beware the bat man!
jennybel75 8:36 am 10 Jul 09

Or Serotonin even. Sheesh!

jennybel75 8:35 am 10 Jul 09

Mmm, Seoronin syndrome – fun for everyone!

Should be Seotonin syndrome.

jennybel75 8:34 am 10 Jul 09

TFMPP is a serotonin receptor agonist, but apparently has an earth-shattering comedown which can last for upwards of a day.
Contibutor experiences on Erowid

BZP is a serotonin and dopamine receptor agonist, and apparently also acts as an amphetamine.

Mmm, Seoronin syndrome – fun for everyone! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serotonin_syndrome

BZP is what is sold around the place as “a natural herbal high”, I’m not exactly sure what the status is in Australia, I have seen them sold in shops which also sell things like bongs.

BZP is a Schedule 9 substance in Australia, as are TFMPP and MDMA. Schedule 9 of the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Drugs and Poisons lists Prohibited Substances “which may be abused or misused, the manufacture, possession, sale or use of which should be prohibited by law except when required for medical or scientific research, or for analytical, teaching or training purposes with approval of Commonweath and/ or State or Territory Health Authorities.”

Basically this means that these substances are totally illegal. BZP was only included in the SUSDP a couple of years ago after concerns were raised about its effects and it being a “legal” party drug in NZ. http://www.tga.gov.au/ndpsc/record/rr200602.pdf

Joshua 1:43 am 10 Jul 09

Hey Skidd Marx, honestly I don’t give a crap what people do to themselves as long as my taxes and insurance fees don’t pay for the ambulance, hospital and post addiction recovery costs.

PS You’re right, life is short – just ask River Phoenix, Bruce Lee, Sid Vicious, Heath Ledger, Tim Buckley, Janis Joplin, Anna Nicole Smith, etc etc etc etc. (oh and of course Anna Wood who was 15 years old or thereabouts)

Skidd Marx 10:48 pm 09 Jul 09

Life’s short douchebags, experiment a lttle. The only people who knock drugs are the ones who’ve never tried them.

Joshua 7:00 pm 09 Jul 09

Seriously anyone who decides to injest pharmaceutical products made in someone’s garage deserves any outcome that occurs. It’s simple Darwinism.
If you want to take drugs either make or grow them yourself and at least invest some money in testing equipment so you know what you’re taking.

I once worked with a vegan who wouldn’t eat a carrot if she thought it had been sprayed with pesticide whilst being grown, yet on the weekends she would swallow just about any pill offered. Eventually she enjoyed a hospital admission after taking one of those pills. Of course that experience didn’t stop her pill popping lifestyle, but boy would she not eat GM foods. For all the education kids receive a lot of them seem to be getting dumber.

Deckard 6:05 pm 09 Jul 09

Don’t do drugs m’kay!

Wraith 5:54 pm 09 Jul 09

If this is what the batman pills do, I hate to see what the superman pills will do.

Those that take this crap deserve what they get.

NoAddedMSG 5:45 pm 09 Jul 09

BZP is what is sold around the place as “a natural herbal high”, I’m not exactly sure what the status is in Australia, I have seen them sold in shops which also sell things like bongs. However, it was until a couple of years ago a big, legal industry in NZ – it was common to see people outside clubs on Fri/Sat night selling them. However it got banned.

Ozi 5:40 pm 09 Jul 09

Peekz said :

I’d rather know there are a bad batch of pills going around as soon as possible and not know exactly what’s in them, than not know at all.

Well if it concerns you so much, DON’T DO DRUGS. It’s not like popping Eccies is good for you most of the time, and occasionally there is a batch which is bad for your health. Drugs of this type are always detrimental to your health, just in varying degrees.

Peekz 5:24 pm 09 Jul 09

I’d rather know there are a bad batch of pills going around as soon as possible and not know exactly what’s in them, than not know at all.

Ozi 5:17 pm 09 Jul 09

fnaah said :

Points for actually publishing a description *and* photograph: 100
Penalty for publishing it EIGHT MONTHS LATE: -1000

This is hardly “harm prevention”.

I suspect they may have been awaiting the ACTGAL results to definitively prove the substances before making this press release, which would have slowed things down.

And seriously, drug users should know they are taking a risk already. If you pop pills every weekend and DON’T seriously consider the risks, you sure as shit aren’t going to listen to press release. Maybe, I dunno, stop whinging about delays in press releases and stop taking drugs instead? You might live longer.

Skidbladnir 4:16 pm 09 Jul 09

TFMPP is a serotonin receptor agonist, but apparently has an earth-shattering comedown which can last for upwards of a day.
Contibutor experiences on Erowid

BZP is a serotonin and dopamine receptor agonist, and apparently also acts as an amphetamine. Originally it was used as an anti-parasitic on cattle, and also messes with the balance of electrolytes in the blood. It also has a terrible comedown lasting a day or two.
Contributor experiences on Erowid

Together they apparently work like ecstasy when BNP and TFMPP combine, but deciding to run with some undocumented mixed-drug reactions and then go even further off-label and putting MDMA back in the mix is just asking for trouble if you hit the ER.

PS: Don’t let your dealer switch brands in a shortage unless you don’t mind occasional hospital\police drama. Take that as your opportunity to ease off some. 😛

fnaah 4:10 pm 09 Jul 09

Points for actually publishing a description *and* photograph: 100
Penalty for publishing it EIGHT MONTHS LATE: -1000

This is hardly “harm prevention”.

Peekz 3:52 pm 09 Jul 09

Anything else from 8 months ago they want to warn us about? Downturn in the economy, perhaps?

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