Press Release

Statement on Dimethocaine and the product “Amplified”

There have been reports in the media that Head Shop owners may seek to circumvent the new controls by importing other substances that are currently not subject to the Misuse of Drugs Act. The Minister for Health & Children has indicated that she will not hesitate to seek Government approval to ban additional substances if any of them pose a risk to public health.

The Department of Health & Children is working closely with the Department of Justice and Law Reform, the GardaĆ­, the Customs Service, the Forensic Science Laboratory, the Irish Medicines Board and others to monitor closely the emergence of new psychoactive substances with a view to bringing new substances under control.

From the information available to us at this time, it is understood that dimethocaine is the active substance in the product Amplified. Dimethocaine is not currently controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act and Regulations. However, dimethocaine is reported to have anaesthetic effects and therefore falls within the definition of a medicinal product and may not be placed on the market without authorisation by the Irish Medicines Board or the European Medicines Agency. The Irish Medicines Board will be taking appropriate action in regard to this product.