Cannibal drug: myth or reality?

According to the data of the National Drugs Plan, 20% of the men integrated in intervention programs to reduce the use of narcotics and who live in this period with their partners, carried out some aggression against them during the year before to start treatment.

The scientific literature links drug use to the onset and consolidation of various mental disorders and, in particular, psychotic episodes with basic elements such as hallucinations and delusions of persecution.

However, the social culture of drugs does not hide a general ignorance of its long-term consequences as well as the side effects when the drug ceases to have its effects. Like all narcotics, they act with a rebound effect when their effects disappear, causing an increase in the negative incidence of the problems that we are specifically seeking to improve. like that it is very common that the problems related to hostility, anxiety, insomnia increase and eating disorders.

Drug use is at the root of many episodes of crime and violence due to its influence on the body. The increase in violence, mainly among young people, may be the main reason the emergence of new substances with a much greater stimulating power, As well as its addictive ability.

    Is the Cannibal Drug label deserved?

    In recent years, the emergence of the so-called “cannibalistic drug” has been linked to episodes of high-impact violence which, for its particular virulence, have filled the pages of newspapers and news, raising alarm bells and whistles. the striking events and the association of words attached to the ideology of terror as cannibal or zombie.

    Reports with alarming elements such as violence, brutality, bites, drug use, aggression, carried out by what the media called “predators”, filled the minds of a society accustomed to sad “normality” of drug use.

    First detected in the United States, it became known in an episode in which a young man devoured the face of a beggar, being shot by police, requiring 6 shots to stop his “zombie” frenzy. Autopsy of the perpetrator revealed the consumption of a new synthetic drug called “wave of ivory” in the streets and that it was sold as bath salts to evade police checks and sell it legally. Its boom due to the proliferation of information through social media, did the rest, adopting and other denominations such as MTV, Magic, Maddie, Black Rob, Super Coke, Vanilla Heaven, Blessing, Drugs. cannibal or lightning white.

    Effects of methylenedioxypyrovalerone

    Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, MDPV, had stimulant effects somewhat similar to cocaine, but with much greater and longer lasting potency. With hallucinogenic effects, it could produce hallucinations, panic attacks and psychosis, In addition to numbness in the mouth by the effect of lidocaine incorporated into the drug during manufacture. It acts as a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor, and is also used as a nootropic agent for its stimulating effects on the nervous system.

    MDPV has effects similar to cocaine but with 10 times the potency as a psychostimulant, with negative effects like any narcotic substance based on tachycardia, insomnia, dizziness, dyspnea, hypertension, restlessness, delirium, violent behavior, dilated pupils, confusion, anxiety and suicidal behavior, hypervigilance, arousal, excessive sociability, increased sexual desire, lack of inhibition and decreased need for food or rest.

    On the other hand, an article published in 2017 in the British Journal of Pharmacology, referring to research on MDPV conducted by López-Arnau, Lujan, Duart-Castells, Pubill, Camarasa, Valverde and Escubedo, from the Neurobiology of Behavior Research Group of the Research Group on the Behavior of Health Sciences of the University Pompeu i Fabra, show that the consumption of this substance promotes and multiplies the effects of any other narcotic substance in the future, Especially cocaine.

    Clandestine marketing of MDPV

    The MDPV moves for its acquisition in the field of the Deep web, to which it is therefore added its mysterious medicinal nature and beyond the reach of anyoneSusceptible to multiple scams, selling other much more harmful substances instead without warning consumers of the danger in which they are involved.

    In 2016 in Barcelona, ​​the sale of bear candies impregnated with a substance that was sold under the name MDPV in some cases and Nexus in others was detected, being in fact another drug called 25N-NBOME or even ” the bomb ”, responsible for the deaths in the United States and Australia of several deaths due to its consumption.

    Multicasual attacks

    Stimulant drugs can certainly induce in people predisposed to episodes of aggression or violence, but in the case of MDPV a pattern cannot be established which leads us to associate with cannibalistic behavior and much more, given the lack of rigor and falsification of the observed substances. in this illegal market.

    Organizations such as the International Narcotics Control Board report 46% of serious episodes of violence linked to drug use there is a history of mental health problems.

    In conclusion, we must mention the dangerous link that is established between drugs and pleasure, in which it seeks to bring the human limits to the maximum of the risk of life where in many cases you end up losing the game.

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