MISSOULA, Mont. (CBS Seattle) – A recent study suggests that a performance enhancement product contains unlisted ingredients that are similar to those found in methamphetamine.
According to LiveScience, a study was conducted following several failed tests from athletes that revealed a supplement known as Craze may have been the culprit.
“We found that, instead of anything from an orchid, [the product] had an unlisted, practically unknown, cousin of methamphetamine,” Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and general internist at Cambridge Health Alliance who participated in the study, was quoted as saying.
The compound, N,α- DEPEA, has reportedly not yet been tested on humans. Researchers who studied it following the positive drug test results say that it is structurally similar to a key component in methamphetamine.
The product, Craze, is produced and sold by a sports supplement purveyor called Driven Sports Inc. Representatives from the company have denied any wrong-doing.
“Driven Sports, the manufacturer of Craze, has extensively studied and analyzed Craze with the assistance of a DEA registered laboratory and those studies have consistently indicated that Craze does not contain amphetamines or controlled substances,” a post on the company’s website stated. “Despite these results and the extensive nature of these studies, Driven Sports suspended the production and sale of Craze several months ago while it investigated the reports in the media regarding the safety of Craze.”
The post adds, “The additional study has confirmed the results of the initial studies that Craze does not contain amphetamines or controlled substances.”
Craze is presently not in stock, according to the Driven Sports website.
Makers claim Craze will help those who use it have “the best workouts of [their] entire life.”
“Imagine having something available that helps you train beyond your limits. Imagine seemingly endless energy,” the site boasts. “That something would give you unmatched results, where others have failed. That something is Craze, the ultimate in pre-workout power!”
The Montana Meth Project, based in Missoula, states that methamphetamines are highly addictive, and could cause “devastating medical, psychological, and social consequences.”
Officials additionally noted on the campaign’s site, “Methamphetamine acts by increasing the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain, which leads to feelings of euphoria followed by a ‘crash’ that often leads to increased use of the drug and eventually to difficulty feeling any pleasure at all, especially from natural rewards.”
LiveScience learned that the study on Craze was published Monday in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis.