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AKA Monkey Dust, Dust

Mar 13

The Drug

MDPV is a stimulant powder with effects similar to that of Mcat or mephedrone. Its chemical name is methylenedioxypyrovalerone. It is a Class B drug illegal to possess or sell. It appears as a very fine white or brownish powder, sells for about £10-15 a gram so much cheaper than cocaine.

It is commonly called Monkey Dust or Dust. It is generally snorted or bombed. Its effects last a few hours perhaps 5-6.

It gives great energy and euphoria but can cause depression the following day. It is addictive. It also makes people who take it smell of urine, as does their clothes and sheets.


It is a stimulant so causes racing heart, gives lots of energy and a strong sense of well-being. Music tends to be enhanced. It works on different receptors in the brain so gives a feeling of cocaine and ecstasy.

Stimulants often impact on your mental health. A longer session can lead to paranoia and perhaps a panic attack. It can also cause aggression and memory loss especially if taken with alcohol. People can feel very low or depressed the following day.

People may feel agitated, it raises blood pressure and body temperature. Taking MDPV suppresses appetite effectively.


Relatively little is known about MDPV compared to cocaine or ecstasy. It is not possible to know much about its long-term use. But we do know amphetamine stimulants accelerate the heart rate. Prolonged use increases the risk of damage to the heart particularly if mostly taken with alcohol. Combining it with alcohol can lead to blackouts where there is no recall of events for long periods. Taking alcohol and MDPV can also lead to aggressive behaviour.

Taking Monkey Dust can cause a deep feeling of agitation, heart palpitations, skin rashes, insomnia, vomiting and headaches. People who snort the drug can expect to get bad nose bleeds and facial ulcers. Those who chose to ‘bomb’ it may find they develop gastric burns in their stomach.

The link to mental health problems appears to be quite strong for heavy users. The ‘down’ on MDPV can be very intense and several suicides have been linked to heavy use. Repeat dosing and heavy prolonged use eventually leads to severe addiction. Addicts are sleep deprived, often have ulcerated mouths and suffer significant weight loss.

Be Safe

It is unwise to take several lines in a short space of time or in conjunction with other drugs – there is a risk of a severe reaction or even overdose. There is also the danger of paranoia and triggering a psychotic episode which could mean hospitalisation. MDPV seems to encourage repeat dosing and can lead to dependence. Anyone taking significant amounts is likely to feel some adverse effects on mental health with feelings of despair. You should seek help from drug treatment services.

The Law

MDPV is a Class B drug. It is in the form of a white powder, so it is hard for a police officer to distinguish MDPV from Class A drugs such cocaine. Being caught in possession of even very small amounts would likely result in your arrest. You may be offered a caution for possession. This means you accept the offence and will have a criminal record.

There is also a smaller chance you will be charged with the offence and will have to appear in court where you will most likely be fined or possibly face some community service.

For anyone dealing in MDPV, there is a high chance of a custodial sentence depending on the amounts involved.