a synthetic cannabinoid 100 times stronger than weed, is back in NZ

A synthetic cannabinoid drug said to be up to 100 times stronger than the real thing is back in New Zealand, just weeks after apparently being wiped out. 

AMB-FUBINACA has been linked to dozens of deaths, providing a massive hit that can leave users acting like "zombies". 

"The synthetic cannabinoid AMB-FUBINACA has been detected in a number of locations across New Zealand," an update on the Department of Internal Affairs' (DIA) High Alert website said on Tuesday.

"This is particularly concerning as AMB-FUBINACA has been one of the most deadly illicit substances in NZ in recent years, having been responsible for the majority of [drug] fatalities in 2017-2019."

Invented in 2009 by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, development was abandoned and it was never tested on humans. It later showed up on the black market as a replacement for cannabis. 

Synthetic cannabis replacements, also known as legal highs, were popular in the early 2010s, before a crackdown saw them outlawed in 2014. AMB-FUBINACA was first reported here in 2017.

Link to article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/09/amb-fubinaca-a-synthetic-cannabinoid-100-times-stronger-than-weed-is-back-in-nz.html


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