What is ‘Monkey Dust’?
Monkey dust is a type of new psychoactive substance, similar to other cathinone drugs such as MDPV, methylone and magic crystals. The drug is a white powder. After one of the reported effects of the drug was users trying to eat their own face, the drug is known as “Zombie Dust” or “Cannibal Dust” in the USA. It has been around for a while and was formerly known as a “legal high”.
In recent months, more people have started to abuse the drug in some areas of the UK and it is likely that the use of it will continue to increase. There have also been news reports of people in the Midlands who have climbed buildings/trees, ran into traffic and attacked people who approached them while under the influence of the drug.
The drug is a psychoactive substance with effects similar to PCP, for example a raise in body temperature, paranoia, agitation and hallucination. Some users of the drug can also become immune to the feeling of pain. Frequently users find that they do not remember any of their behaviour while under the influence of the drug. The smell of vinegar or prawns can also immerse from heavy users’ sweat, along with the appearance of lesions on the skin. The drug is said to be “worse than spice” and can cause extremely violent behaviour, which can lead to serious consequences.
Sarah Page and Em Temple-Malt, lecturers from Staffordshire University, spoke with people in Stoke-on-Trent about the use of NPS. One user said that he had been arrested for a breach of the peace after “arguing with a garden gnome”.
Monkey Dust is a Class B drug, meaning it is illegal. It is illegal to possess and also to sell, give away or possess with intent to supply it. Possession of drugs can result in up to 5 years imprisonment while supply offences carry up to 14 years imprisonment. To read more about the possession of drugs or the possession with intent to supply, please click here.
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