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Intense drug arrives in Perth Human bodies naturally contain a small amount of it, as do cane toads, but a new drug that has been found in Western Australia in the past week is of great concern to Police and drug experts. Professor Steve Allsop from Curtin University's National Drug Research Institute said he was surprised last week to hear that police had found two drug labs allegedly manufacturing dimethyltryptamine (DMT) in Perth. "I haven't heard of it being used widely in WA," he said. Professor Allsop said the drug which occurs naturally in the human body, in cane toads and some plants, was far more potent in the synthetic version. He said no one knew what the purpose of naturally occurring dimethyltryptamine in the human body was. "Some people speculate that it plays a role in the creation of dreams, but we just don't know," Professor Allsop said. "It is a psychedelic or a hallucinogen; it can cause hallucinations and a sense of separation from reality." He said the drug had been referred to by some as a 'lunchtime drug' because it was short acting. It kicks in quickly, can be extremely intense and wears off quickly. Professor Allsop said the separation from reality meant it could be a very dangerous drug. "There's a risk of injury if people aren't aware of whom or where they are, or could fall over, walk in front of traffic, just stray onto the road," he said. Professor Allsop said the short lasting effects could attract some to the drug; it was also very unpredictable and could be a frightening experience for those who took it. "A lot of people don't like it because it can make you feel different each time, it can depend on different factors, such as your mood." He said the effects could be even more detrimental on people vulnerable to mental health issues. Professor Allsop said the dimethyltryptamine allegedly being manufactured in Perth may have been being made for use in its own right or it could have been to add it to other drugs. Read more: http://www.watoday.c...l#ixzz1tT7io1ZE