By: Rachel Clark, DanceSafe Contractor
A blue/green round pill with M in a box stamped on one side and the number 30 over a score line on the other was sold in Tampa, FL as oxycodone, but actually contains exclusively FUB-144. The sample was submitted from Miami, FL.
The sample turned purple in the presence of the Marquis reagent, light yellow in the presence of the Mecke reagent, and blue to dark blue in the presence of the Mandelin reagent.
FUB-144 is a synthetic cannabinoid with little history of human consumption. Synthetic cannabinoids are lab-made research chemicals that are typically produced with the intention of better understanding the cannabinoid system in the body; however, they have been co-opted for recreational use in recent years. Synthetic cannabinoids are most commonly sprayed onto potpourri and smoked.
Synthetic cannabinoids have strikingly different effects in the body than actual cannabis/marijuana, leading to media confusion over the potential hazards affiliated with each (unique) substance. Additionally, the class of drugs as a whole has the potential to induce overdose, with effects including bleeding and bruising, aggression, agitation, and seizures.
An individual who is consuming an oxy 30 pill may be anticipating an experience that involves pain relief and sedation; FUB-144, as a synthetic cannabinoid, could instead induce a state of excitation, dreaminess, appetite stimulation, and/or potentially health consequences. Given the novelty of this particular synthetic cannabinoid, it is difficult to predict what kinds of effects it could have if ingested in this manner.
We urge our community to keep in mind that drug markets are expansive and that this adulterated oxycodone pill may appear in places other than its source and submission location. Using a reagent test kit can help provide a first line of defense as a presumptive (and not affirmative) process. Additionally, samples may be sent in to www.ecstasydata.org for in-depth laboratory testing. Test before you ingest to avoid taking misrepresented substances, and so you can adjust your intention, set, and setting appropriately to minimize risks. You can purchase your DanceSafe test kit here.
The purpose of #TestIt Alerts is to alert the public to misrepresented substances circulating in their region. We neither condemn nor condone drug use, but rather want people to be aware of what they are ingesting so they can take steps to minimize risks.
Since 1998, DanceSafe has been keeping the electronic music and nightlife communities safe. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we provide free harm reduction services at music festivals and nightlife events across the nation. All proceeds from the sales of our drug checking kits go back into the organization so we can continue to provide our services to our communities for free. By purchasing a kit, you are not only helping keep you and your friends safe, you are also contributing to the harm reduction movement. Thank you for your support!