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“Burst” is a brand name for a drug which is sold as a legal high. Through user reports we thought that Burst may contain MPA (methiopropamine) as MPA is commonly found in stimulant products at the moment. (Read more about MPA here: http://bit.ly/18XjvlT) However, recent tests suggest that Burst (in this case sold as “Ocean Burst”) will most likely contain Ethylphenidate. You can read more about Ethylphenidate here: http://bit.ly/1aQotlb. The same products had in the past contained 4 MEC (4-methylethcathinone) or butylone. These substances are stimulant (upper) drugs and are commonly sold as white powders. They are also substances with very little history of human use.
Burst usually comes as a white powder and is commonly snorted or in some cases injected. We have user reports that suggest there is a strong craving to redose after using. If you choose to use this substance, we would advise using a very small amount initially and waiting at least 2 hours before redosing.
If you choose to take Burst:
-Injecting is the highest risk way of using this substance and carries the risk of spreading Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs)
-If you inject use sterile equipment, don’t share injecting equipment with others and dispose of needles and other equipment safely following use. Read more about injecting legal highs here: http://bit.ly/1CHrLTF
-This substance can be corrosive and we have had reports of users whose IV use has led to abscesses and blown veins – seek medical attention if this happens
-Snorting is likely to be less risky but still may expose to BBVs and corrosive damage.
-Mixing substances is more risky and we would advise against it
-The strength of these substances varies so users should be very careful of dosage as they might find this substance is much stronger than others they have used
-We would advise against using alone due to risk of overdose.
Information on injecting NPS or legal highs can be found on the SDF website here :http://bit.ly/1x0xBrV
4-MEC and Butylone are Class B drugs. Penalties for possession are up to five years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Supply holds penalties of up to 14 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.
As of 10 April 2015 ethylphenidate was placed under a Temporay Class Drug Order. New drugs that cause concern can now be subject to a Temporary Class Drug Order for a period of 12 months, before they are made illegal and classified under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Temporary Class Drug Orders focus on supply and anyone caught will be subject to penalties of up to 14 years in prison and an unlimited fine.
You can read more about Temporary Class Drug Orders here: http://http://http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1027/contents/made
MPA is currently legal in the UK. There are currently no plans to place MPA in a Temporary Class Drug Order.