FDA Warns Consumers Not to Purchase Herbal Version of "Ecstasy"

March 1, 2004

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning that consumers should not consume a liquid dietary supplement called Green Hornet. This product has been marketed on the Internet and sold in stores as a herbal version of the illegal street drug “Ecstasy”. Four teenagers were rushed to hospital emergency rooms suffering from seizures, excessive heart rates, severe body rashes and high blood pressure after consuming the product. The product involved in the case of the teenagers were distributed by Kekio, Inc. of Colorado Springs, doing business as a store called Mind Excursions, however, the manufacturer remains unknown. Two active ingredients contained in the product are over-the-counter antitussive (dextromethorphan) and antihistamine (diphenhydramine) agents.

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