Legal high Ivory Wave to be banned
The so-called legal high Ivory Wave will become a class B controlled drug, the Government said today.
The move comes after the Government's drugs advisers said it should be banned.
An order making the substance illegal will be put before Parliament this autumn, the Home Office said.
The advisers on the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs said the health effects of the substances in Ivory Wave "correspond with those related to other Class B drugs and have the potential to cause harm".
The National Poisons Information Service in Edinburgh highlighted a number of cases from last summer in which patients reported symptoms including hallucinations, paranoia and severe agitation following the use of 2-DPMP, the advisers said.
In some cases the symptoms were still being felt between five and seven days after the initial use of the drug, they added.
Crime Prevention Minister Baroness Browning said: "The ACMD's advice on Ivory Wave reinforces what we already know - that substances touted as 'legal highs' contain dangerous and potentially illegal substances.
"Young people in particular may often equate legal with 'safe' and are quite simply playing a high risk game of lottery by taking substances without knowing what they contain or their potentially harmful effects."
She went on: "We are determined to tackle the harms posed by these drugs and prevent them gaining a foothold in the UK.
"The generic definition will ensure those trying to profit from this market cannot get round the ban.
"Controlling these substances sends a clear message to users, including young people who may be considering using them, as well as to those producing and supplying them."
Earlier this year, the mother of a man who died after taking Ivory Wave said the Government's failure to ban it was an "insult to her son's memory".
A post-mortem examination on Tamsin Owen's son Michael Bishton showed only small amounts of alcohol and desoxypipradrol, the active ingredient of Ivory Wave.
He showed "bizarre and paranoid" behaviour in the days before he died," she said.
"Just because it has legal on the front of it and you can go to the shop and buy it doesn't mean that it will be safe," she said in May.
"Please do not do it.
"More studies should be done before anything is allowed in the shops.
"How can you just go and buy these things that do these things to families?
"It's an insult to the memory of my son."
A second inquest in Newport heard that another man who took Ivory Wave, Guy Ebsworth, died within days of Mr Bishton.
The body of the 33-year-old was found on August 13 last year in a small locker on a yacht in Odessa boatyard in Newport. He had been employed to help renovate the yacht by family friend Richard Coles.
A post-mortem examination of the body found traces of desoxypipradrol.
But the inquest was told that because so few deaths have been linked to the substance, it was not known if the amount in his body could have killed him, meaning the cause of death was not established.
Last November, the Home Office banned imports of the active ingredient of Ivory Wave, 2-DPMP, following advice from the ACMD.
The compound 2-DPMP is closely related to Ritalin and was initially developed as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy, and has been described as a "masked amphetamine".