Smart drugs worth £200,000 seized

Published: Friday 24th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Smart drugs worth £200,000 have been found in the largest seizure of the substances in the UK, officials said.

Around 20,000 units of 13 different “cognitive enhancers” – which aid concentration and ward off sleep – were taken by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in a raid.

It said one of the substances found was Sunifiram, which has never been tested on or used in clinical trials involving humans.

The raid is part of a crackdown against unlicensed online drug sellers. Possession of smart drugs is legal but it is illegal to sell or supply prescription-only or unlicensed medicines.

Alastair Jeffrey, the MHRA’s head of enforcement, said: “This is a recent and very worrying trend.

“The idea that people are willing to put their overall health at risk in order to attempt to get an intellectual edge over others is deeply troubling.”

The MHRA said a man was cautioned after the raid on a lock-up in the Midlands. It would not say where for operational reasons. It followed a tip-off from the Norwegian Medicines Agency after several packages were detained by Norwegian customs officials.

A survey in May found that more than a fifth of students admitted taking so-called “smart drugs” to stay awake and study longer.

The poll by student newspaper the Tab found that only 9% of the 1,800 students quizzed considered taking the drugs to be cheating.

Published: Friday 24th October 2014 by The News Editor

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