'Meth-Like' Sports Powder The Latest From Crooked Company Founder

Brought to you by the people who broke your liver

Nothing says "fun!" like the great, cool-down flavor of N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine, an ingredient in the popular Craze sports supplement. But in a letter from the FDA disclosed this past week, the agency said that the additive may be too "meth-like" for public consumption. This, however, should come as little surprise to those familiar with the product's creator, who has pretty much made a living putting shady dietary products on the market.

According to USA Today, the FDA's been eyeing Craze and its maker, Driven Sports, for more than a year. The letter states that the supplement includes several ingredients that are adulterated under federal law. Translation? Some of the compounds contained in Craze have never been consumed by humans as food.

The outlaw ingredients include the aforementioned, delightfully meth-like N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine, as well as Dendrobex, an apparently sketchy synthesis of something called the dendrobium orchid--which is desirable, apparently.

As USA Today's investigation notes, Driven Sports' founder, Matt Cahill, is a former felon with a history of introducing unsafe products: Superdrol, a designer steroid called that caused liver damage, as well as an anti-estrogen drug that compelled the state of California to file a Federal felony charge against him.

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While Cahill stopped selling Craze last year, it's still caused at least one athlete, a Polish bobsledder, to be disqualified from this past year's Olympic games after the supplement caused him to fail a drug test. U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. explained why the FDA is often slow to get potentially dangerous products--like the ones Cahill has repeatedly introduced--off the market.

"This isn't the first time we've seen problems with dietary supplements marketed for performance enhancement, and it won't be the last time," he told USA Today. "The law puts FDA in a position of always being several steps behind those who want to market dietary supplements, including supplements that pose real risks."

While Craze may be gone, Driven Sports has already debuted Frenzy, a similar pre-workout powder acclaimed for its allegedly "rage"-inducing qualities. On the off chance that the company needs a slogan for the product, we've come up with a few suggestions. "Mm...methy," maybe? Or how about: "Bring on the N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine!"

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December 30 2014 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I f i need to get high i will go to colorado to get my high on that way you know you buying the legit chit.other then some emitation human chit someone like's to play with just to make fast cash .

December 30 2014 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They should actually take this off the market & sue the idividual's whom make it as well distbute it to other's .

December 30 2014 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have had to watch labels carefully for years because my body reacts to artificial additives, including preservatives, flavors, and colors. Rule one is that you can't trust labels. I was already wary of "sports supplements" like this because I didn't know what they would have in them. I see I was even more right than I thought.

December 30 2014 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How many of you would be willing to permanently waive your right to sue if this product turns out to physically harm you? The answer is: none of you, and you know it.

April 25 2014 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

more dope.

April 19 2014 at 9:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

People have "self-medicated" for thousands of years and will continue to do so for thousands more years. High school and college athletes know that "roids", whether illegal or of the "designer variety", can make huge differences in strength when combined with intensive cardio and muscle workouts. Many pro wrestlers have died from steroids and cocaine, or other drugs. Lance Armstrong , who I greatly admired for many years, somehow managed to fool the drug tests for years ... how did he do it ? Seems most of the Tour De France riders are highly developed endurance riders ...if there were zero steroid usage, how much would it affect their cycling abilities ? I bet it makes a vast difference. College wrestlers know the guys on 'roids" are much stronger than the "natural ones". Many of those "classic pro wrestlers" and body builders got freaky-huge muscles by "supplementing" and eating huge amounts of protein and getting "roids" into their routines. The veteran wrestlers who have been out of the ring for years and out of shape can somehow get back into ring-shape very quickly. They know all the tricks, and the crowds love those huge, bulging muscles and fierce looks, and fantastic finishing moves. No matter what government claims they are doing against "illegal performance drugs", the demand will always be there, so some enterprising entrepreneurs will always figure out how to make better designer drugs and synthetic steroids. It's like alcohol ... most people use it to escape a little bit from reality, others "need" bigger highs and go to cocaine, or methamphetamines, or heroin. Even good old marijuana can be made much more powerful easily. Women use enormous amounts of chemicals on their bodies, and get very expensive body makeovers, change their eyesight with Lasik, change their hair colors and hair styles to suit their hormones and moods. Reality is not acceptable to many people in the U.S.A.

April 19 2014 at 6:00 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
King Curmudgeon

The old adage that practice makes perfect has been replaced by chemicals make cash!

April 19 2014 at 4:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

"Show me the money,... and I'll show you your problem!" Gone are the days we had to wait for someone to come up with something to get us high, or "healthy", and make them a whole lot of money. Common sense should be enough to tell us the difference between the stuff we can inhale, ingest, and absorb,... and the stuff that the human body is just not made to tolerate. This article is making me go in the kitchen and read the label on the jug of (some kind of) powder my son has been using before he goes to work out. Okay, I'll still print this out for him, but it's some powder called "AMP" sold by GNC.

April 18 2014 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the only shady people are the FDA and the big farma companies

April 18 2014 at 10:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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