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Wightman RS, Erowid E, Erowid F, Thyssen S, Wheeler M, Pulminskas B, Olson R, Green TC.
“Confirmed reports of bupropion sold as crack cocaine in the illicit drug supply”.
Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2021 Mar 1;p1-2.
In July 2020, the Massachusetts Drug Supply Data Stream
(MADDS) encountered two drug samples sold in a community
as cocaine (one as “crack” and one as “white rock”) that
contained bupropion as the only psychoactive substance .
Identification of bupropion was conducted by Fourier-transform
infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Gas chromatography–
mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Both samples were in the form
of rocks or chunks of compressed powder, along with cookers,
containers used by the donor to mix and heat drugs,
suggesting that the putative cocaine had been injected. To
our knowledge, this represents the first confirmed report of
bupropion sold as crack cocaine in the illicit drug supply.
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