Many were quick to disregard the comments by Clutha district Mayor Bryan Cadogan that homebake heroin could be in black market synthetics.
But these people were just as uneducated about the current drug market as the government. Synthetic opiate chemicals are widely available now.
The black market drug manufacturers have no restrictions and rules on manufacturing and likely have little moral incentive to create a product without harmful chemicals.
We suspect the reason that users in the south are failing drug tests and showing signs of morphine or “homebake” after the use of black market legal highs, is because the manufacturers of these black market synthetic smoking blends are more than likely using synthetic opiates and synthetic alternatives to morphine and other highly, highly addictive opiate based substances.
This is NO joke.
O-desmethyltramadol (O-DSMT) is a widely available synthetic opioid analgesic and the main active metabolite of tramadol. Extremely easy to purchase online or for illegal drug makers to import from China and Europe.
Overseas, O-DMST has recently been marketed as a currently legal substitute for illegal opioid drugs, either in powder form or mixed into various other preparations including synthetic cannabis like products.
W-15, a potent μ-opioid agonist that has a distinctive chemical structure, which is not closely related to other families, making it harder for authorities to detect and confiscate, even here in New Zealand.
AH-7921 and MT-45, both found in “synthetic cannabis” products throughout Japan as far back as 2012. AH-7921 and MT-45 are both opioid analgesic drugs, with around 80% the potency of morphine – dosages have been reported as little as 10mg up to 200mg and higher.
This is an extremely frightening prospect for drug users in New Zealand and is not the just the thing that nightmares are made of, this is real.
These synthetic opiates have been widely available online for many years and can be purchased by the kilogram for black market drug makers to skirt the laws and get unaware drug users and children hooked on black market synthetic blends.
Most people don’t seem to understand and realise, that there are hundreds and thousands of synthetic research chemicals designed to mimic and replace illegal drugs.
There are literally thousands of variations of synthetic cannabinoids that affect the user in any number of ways. In many cases it’s very simple for a synthetic chemist to change the molecular structure of a chemical by just one oxygen atom to get an entirely new chemical.
The same thing applies to synthetic speed, synthetic ecstasy and synthetic heroin. All drugs and many vitamins are synthetic to some extent, and there is literally no stopping the development of novel psychoactive substances.
There are between one and five new synthetic drugs created around the world and sold to drug users every week. This is what happens when the governments keep bringing in new laws, people will find a way to get around them.
People thought that synthetic cannabinoids were bad, well this is a whole new ball game the government probably wasn’t prepared for.
What is the answer to the rapidly escalating synthetic drugs problem world wide and the significant drug culture in New Zealand? Cannabis.