Govt bans DMAA
Thu, 08 Mar 2012 3:26p.m.
By 3 News online staff
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has announced a common ingredient in party pills is being banned and should be off the market in early April.
The Temporary Class Drug Notice has been placed on DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine), which will be the 21st substance banned under last year’s drug law amendments.
Mr Dunne says DMAA, which has been linked to increased blood pressure, headaches and vomiting, is “the first substance other than a synthetic cannabinoid to be banned using the temporary notices”.
“I think this decision demonstrates the wider use of Temporary Class Drug Notices to protect the health and well being of New Zealanders… it is not just about party pills and synthetic cannabis.”
The notice means that all products containing DMAA will effectively be banned, and must be removed from shelves and no longer sold over the internet in New Zealand from April 9.
Banning substances rather than individual projects means Government avoid “chasing around after individual products in a never-ending game of catch-up,” Mr Dunne says.
“It is proving to be very effective legislation and has virtually completely nailed the synthetic cannabis industry.”
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22/04/2012 3:51:17 p.m.
Paul Wilson wrote:
The Government should have no bussiness in controling what we can and cannot put in our body. Drugs are good for all sorts of physical and mental problems, and there's nothing wrong with using drugs for recreation as long as its used in moderation and its not to dangerous. Heaven forbid anyone feel good and have any fun though.
13/03/2012 11:42:19 p.m.
Its obvious to myself that a large majority commenting on this feed has never even used or seen the effects of these "drugs" before and just seem to conform to what the government tells them. If you had ever experienced you would understand that in this case DMAA which is being used in pre workouts are used at such a level that in order for any harm to come from using this it would have to be consumed on such a large scale that it almost becomes rediculous. What the government needs to do is not completely ban the substance but to regulate the safe use of these drugs. But in the end of the day a drug is a drug from caffeine to paracetamol and beyond and when taken in large enough doses all have negative effects on our health does this mean we have to ban all drugs?. On a personal note i have used pre workouts for almost 2 years and have never noticed any negative effects from it and never heard of anyone having a negative affect from using it. So just because a one off product has been proven to cause "headaches"? Which is ridiculous anyway does that mean all other products with a safe level of the substance be banned also?
10/03/2012 11:50:29 a.m.
Hip hip hooray, Peter Dunne. Just wonder why you take so long to do things. We don't need legal highs - keep banning them and do it quicker!
10/03/2012 11:48:36 a.m.
This is just a ridiculous situation. I'm not saying this stuff is safe to use, it may not be, but what if the next "replacement" in the pipeline turns out to be even worse? It's like opening and rummaging through Pandora's Box. Each time something is banned the "legal high" industry is forced to dig deeper and deeper into the box, and I sometimes wonder whether there's something SERIOUSLY nasty at the bottom just waiting to be pulled out.
I've had enough of this man. All he does is ban things. I don't think he really cares about drug education or harm minimization.
10/03/2012 12:20:58 a.m.
Of course DMAA should be banned. DMAA has been linked to increased blood pressure, headaches and vomiting. Next target should be alcohol - oops - need that revenue coming in.
People need protection from themselves - all harmful activities should be banned. Now pass me that cup of Soma.
9/03/2012 1:23:26 p.m.
I guess peter must be saying that illegal street drugs like MDMA are safer for NZer than dmaa. If thats the case, it would make more sense to legalise mdma. Unless of course peter is silly enough not to realise that the bzp ban caused a massive, scientifically proven rise in meth and e use, and this will do the same.I also wonder if this means geranium oil is banned, or the plant itself, seeing it contains low levels of dmaa.
9/03/2012 12:41:08 p.m.
OMG this country and its "leaders" really do test my patriotism at times!. This substance is a main ingredient in alot of Pre workouts. Something I find useful after working a 12 hour day then meeting my training partner at the gym to train Legs for two hours!. I mean who has died from using it? Furthermore it still ok to sell Smokes at all corner stores and advertise Alcohol in conjuction with our natioal sport!! Should we compare dangers between the three?
9/03/2012 11:08:37 a.m.
this guy has no clue what so ever, i dont understand how he can suddenly ban something thats been on the market for 10+ years?
9/03/2012 7:39:35 a.m.
what's next? energy drinks? caffeine?
9/03/2012 7:35:34 a.m.
3 cheers for the party pooping NZ government!
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