ADELAIDE – A 40-year-old South Australian man has died after overdosing on a new street drug, sparking fears that the substance will claim more lives.

Police say that methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV, has emerged on the local drug scene in the past few weeks and has been responsible for several overdoses, with some users experiencing severe psychosis.

MDPV is being sold on the streets as a cheaper form of amphetamines, but according to Detective Superintendent Des Bray it is much more potent, with some unusual effects.

Supt Bray said yesterday that as users began to come down from the drug, they were often overcome by the urge to take another dose, increasing the chance of an overdose or adverse reaction.

Some users had also engaged in bizarre behaviour, including ripping at their skin after hallucinating that they were covered in spiders or insects, or running around on rooftops.

On the street the drug is often referred to as Scat Cat, 666 or Meow-Meow.

The fatal overdose victim came from Murray Bridge, east of Adelaide. Police say that area appears to be a hot spot for MDPV distribution.

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