Background

The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced its intent to issue an order temporarily including the following synthetic cathinones into schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

- N-ethylhexedrone; alpha-pyrrolidinohexanophenone (α-PHP)

- 4-methyl-alpha-ethylaminopentiophenone (4-MEAP)

- 4'-methyl-alphapyrrolidinohexiophenone (MPHP)

-; alpha-pyrrolidinoheptaphenone (PV8)

- 4-chloro-alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone (4-chloro-α-PVP)

The temporary scheduling order will impose the regulatory requirements under the CSA on the importation, exportation, manufacture, distribution, reverse distribution, possession, research and conduct of instructional activities, and chemical analysis of these substances as well as the administrative, civil, and criminal penalties that apply to persons who fail to comply with such requirements or otherwise violate the CSA with respect to these substances. This order will be effective no earlier than May 31 and remain in effect for two years, with a possible extension of one year.

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