“Word of Mouse”: Indigenous Harm Reduction and Online Consumerism of the Synthetic Compound Methoxphenidine

Marie Claire Van Hout, Evelyn Hearne

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Abstract

Abstract: Methoxphenidine (MXP) was one of several NMDA antagonists marketed in 2013 to replace the recently controlled compound Methoxetamine (MXE). A steep rise in user interest was recorded, despite vendor cautioning of limited user feedback. The study presented a phenomenological analysis of MXP experiences amongst recreational drug users as posted on public Internet fora. Internet searches were carried out using specific key words; “methoxphenidine,” “MXP” and in combination with “experience,” “report,” “forum,” and “trip.” Seven self-reported experiences and 28 thread discussions relating sole use of MXP were analyzed using the Empirical Phenomenological Psychological method. Five themes and 61 categories emerged. MXP is marketed as a legal replacement for MXE, diphenidine, and ketamine, with a dissociative and stimulant wave outcome often lasting for days. Harm reduction tactics, awareness of prior tolerance to dissociative and optimal settings for use are discussed. Acute side-effects relate to hypertension and seizures. Chronic long-term memory loss and limb numbness is reported. Sense of empowerment occurs in the afterglow experience. Internet drug fora fuel information exchange and informed consumerism of synthetic compounds, and offer viable mechanisms for pre- and post-purchase decision making and indigenous harm reduction. Continued surveillance of synthetic market entries and user trends is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-41
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Psychoactive Drugs
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • indigenous harm reduction
  • Internet
  • Methoxetamine
  • Methoxphenidine
  • MXP

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