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Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline

Freephone: 0808 808 2234
Or text DAN to: 81066


Ivory wave, Ivory Coast, Purple Wave, Vanilla Sky.

What does 2-DPMP look like?

White or off-white powder.

2-DPMP Packaging

Scientific Names


Generic Name


Effects Of 2-DPMP

Desired Effects:

Amphetamine-like Stimulant with long-lasting effects.


Severe agitation, anxiety, Insomnia, Paranoia, chest pains, hallucinations.



Aggression, seizures, increased blood pressure, potentially dangerous rises in body temperature, risk of kidney failure. The risks will be increased if combined with Alcohol or other drugs. Users have reported that Ivory Wave is very potent, with only a very small amount needed, so it is easy to take too much.


The severe effects can last a number of days. Long term risks are not yet fully known but may be similar to Amphetamines; regular use may become compulsive and users may develop psychological and physical Dependence.

Reducing Harm

Please view our Reducing Harm page for more information.

How does 2-DPMP work?

Central nervous system Stimulant with effects like amphetamine.

Legal status of 2-DPMP

Class B under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

How Is 2-DPMP Taken?

Snorted up the nose or swallowed ('bombed') in Wraps of paper.


Swallowed in Wraps of cigarette paper. If snorted razor blade, hard level surface (such as a mirror or glass), tube or rolled banknote.

Medical uses of 2-DPMP

Desoxypipradrol was developed in the 1950s for the treatment of narcolepsy and ADHD, but this was discontinued due to the development of more effective drugs.

Where does it come from?

2-DPMP are synthetic chemicals made in laboratories. Substances may be imported or sold over the internet as 'research chemicals'.

Helping services

Most areas of the UK have 'street agencies' or projects (sometimes called community drug services or community drug teams) which offer a range of services including information and advice, counselling, and sometimes support groups and complementary therapies such as acupuncture. Some services have extended working hours and may offer weekend support. If use of this substance becomes a problem you can seek help, advice and counselling from a service in your area. GPs can make referrals to specialist drug services. For a description of what the different drug services do, choose helping services from here or the main menu.

Parents & other relatives

Drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents of people using these drugs. Many street agencies can provide relative support groups or counselling for family members, partners etc.

You can view a list of National Drug Agencies.

If you would like to talk about 2-DPMP problems then please call the DAN 24/7 Helpline on:

0808 808 2234