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  1. qvxb
    Nov 15 - 8:21 AM

    VapoRub reminds me of this episode of “The Big Bang Theory”.

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  4. Daniel
    Feb 15 - 3:47 AM

    Someone’s high and mistaking VapoRub for a Vicks Inhaler, mistaking the Vicks Inhaler for the related Benzedrex, and possibly the Benzedrex for the unavailable Benzedrine.

    They’re wanting Propylhexedrine (250mg apiece), not l-meethamphetamine (50mg apieces).

    They’re using it to imitate the effects of straight stimulants with little or no serotonergic activity, such as amphetamine and methamphetamine, not MDMA.

    It is generally considered an inferior “high” than its scheduled relatives, with a worse crash, awful taste, and the production of nasuea if aadministered orally,

    (For perspective, propylhexedrine is the equivalent of methamphetamine in which the benzene ring is fully reduced to a cyclohexane ring. That’s even how it is commercially produced.)

    It is being sold in fewer and fewer stores and locales due, I can only suppose, to abuse potential. The totally dysphoric l-methamphetamine, which is not centrally active or euphoric, is replacing it in commercial preparations.

    Someone’s apparently more worried about getting high than doing their homework.

    • David Kroll
      Feb 20 - 10:40 PM

      Hi Daniel, you’re right about the Vicks Inhaler but VapoRub is a separate problem. I can’t speak to the actual sensory experience but the use of VapoRub in N95 masks while kids were doing MDMA at raves was pretty common in the late 90s.

      I just checked in our CVS and they’re pretty well stocked with two brands of inhalers with l-methamphetamine – one has it spelled as levmetamfetamine, perhaps to discourage folks from thinking it’s at all related to meth.

  5. Fred Mutz
    Feb 20 - 2:26 PM

    The reason I went searching is because I had a horrible sinus/chest cold a few weeks ago and could not find Vick’s Vapor Rub, or the inhaler…ANYWHERE???

    The only logical explanation I could come up with is that kids are doing something with it to gain a lame high..i.e. huffing, cooking, etc.

    I just want the product back on the shelves for when I do need it :)

    • David Kroll
      Mar 04 - 8:32 PM

      Fred Mutz, or Fred Murtz?

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