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Use of 'Barbie drug' on the rise in Sweden: police

The Local · 16 Jul 2012, 07:47

Published: 16 Jul 2012 07:47 GMT+02:00

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The so called “Barbie drug”, a stimulating hormone, makes users thinner and browner with an increased sex drive and is illegal in Sweden, though police have noticed an increase in the drug over the past two years.

“We find Melanotan in Stockholm’s nightlife when we look for drugs and growth substances. These people are obsessed with their appearance and will in principle do anything,” said Kristoffer Bohman of the Stockholm police to the Dagens Nyheter newspaper (DN).

While the drug is classified as a medicine, it still has not been approved, as the long-term effects are still unknown.

Short term affects include a lowered appetite, nausea, and changes to the pigments of the skin including darkening of birthmarks. Experts have also suggested that it may also weaken the immune and cardiovascular systems.

The drug is injected with syringes, prompting experts to fear users' health and safety that may be at risk from the sharing of needles.

One user, a 19-year-old woman who preferred not to be named, told DN about the drug’s popularity amongst her friends.

“Before I tested I spoke to many people who were satisfied with the results they’d seen. I wanted to have an equally brown face to the rest of my body,” she said, adding that she has only heard of two or three cases of serious side effects in all the thirty or so users she knows.

The Swedish Medical Products Agency’s (Läkemedelsverket) has previously issued warnings about the drug.

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Your comments about this article

11:58 July 16, 2012 by robban70226
A la moda aunque me Joda....
12:28 July 16, 2012 by Abe L
So it makes users better looking and increases their sex-drive, this drug is forbidden why?
13:17 July 16, 2012 by robban70226
because this is sweden, illegal to have fum here..
21:06 July 16, 2012 by old git
10% of serious side effets in her acquaintances seems great odds to me...Russian roulette anybody?
00:04 July 17, 2012 by J Jack
Mummy, does Barbie come with Ken?... No darling, she comes with G I Joe... She just fakes it with Ken.
01:31 July 17, 2012 by Nvd
I am a barbie girl in a brownie world.
04:58 July 18, 2012 by Marc the Texan
Why would this be a nightlife drug? Seems like you'd take it with breakfast. Plenty of other substances specifically for sex drive.
23:36 July 20, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Why on Earth would anyone want to make their skin darker? What has happened to Swedish culture and society?
06:37 July 21, 2012 by embil
Don't be jealous Mackenzie.
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