Sports Supplement Contains Meth-Like Substance
Craze, a sports supplement made by Driven Sports, based in New York, was found to contain a methamphetamine-like chemical. This chemical has not been tested, and no studies of the chemical have been documented.
Information about Craze Sports Supplement
- According to WFMY News, Craze is sold in the United States and other countries at retail stores and online.
- It has been found to contain “N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine,” which is structurally similarl to meth.
- Craze’s label does not list this chemical as an ingredient; rather it lists “dendrobium orchid extract,” which is thought to have concentrated amounts of “N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine.”
- Craze is marketed as giving “unrelenting energy and focus” and was dubbed “New Supplement of the Year” in 2012 by Bodybuilder.com.
- Some retailers, like Walmart, have taken Craze off their shelves, but other stores, like GNC, continue to sell the product.
- Driven Sports denies that there are any amphetamine-like compounds in its product.
Findings on the Meth-Like Chemical
“It has never been studied in the human body. Yes, it might make you feel better or have you more pumped up in your workout, but the risks you might be putting your body under of heart attack and stroke are completely unknown.” – Pieter Cohen, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School as published by WFMY News
- Scientific researchers in the United States and South Korea have found “N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine” to almost mirror the structure of methamphetamines.
- Because this drug has never been studied, scientists caution against its consumption.
- Researchers in the U.S. claim to have found the same chemical in a weight-loss pill called Detonate, by Gaspari Nutrition.
- The compound is believed to be less potent than meth, but more potent than ephedrine.
- One of Driven Sports officials, Matt Cahill, is a convicted felon for selling risky dietary supplements in the past; those supplements have been linked to severe liver injuries and at least one death.
- Tests reports by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in June 2012, a government-affiliated forensic lab in Sweden in April 2013, and a team of South Korean scientists published an article in a journal of the Japanese Association of Forensic Toxicology in August 2013 all detected amphetamine-like chemicals in samples of Craze.
- U.S. researchers noted that an “extensive” search of scientific literature does not find any evidence that the compound listed on Craze's label has ever been documented as a component of dendrobium orchid extract.
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