A Fife councillor has issued a warning over the dangers of a recreational drug he believes is being manufactured in Dundee.
St Andrews councillor Bill Sangster said today he wanted to alert young people and their parents to the potential dangers of the drug, which has appeared on the scene in Fife.
He said, “This drug is being sold cheaply and it is innocently called ‘Bubbles’. It sells for around £4 a time and is portrayed as a legal drug.
“However, I have been made aware that this information is untrue. It is illegal, harmful and can become addictive.”
Bubbles, according to information given to Councillor Sangster, are being produced in Dundee for distribution throughout Tayside and into Fife.
According to the Levenmouth-based Drug and Alcohol Project Ltd., the mixture in the capsules is produced in varying colours to signify its composition and strength, although cocaine is believed to be the main ingredient.
Capsules are broken and the contents are snorted, placed on to the eyeball, or swallowed by the user, who experiences an immediate high described as mix between ecstasy and LSD.
Councillor Sangster said he understood that it is being hailed as the new craze amongst the student fraternity within Dundee and is being widely abused, in particular by teenagers.
Recent enforcement action in Tayside has resulted in the recovery of two Bubble capsules which were examined via fast track analysis and identified as being 0.191 grams of mephedrone (4-methylmethcathinone), which it not a controlled substance.
Further recoveries are also being fast tracked through the analysis process, but are still pending.
Councillor Sangster, who is also chairman of the St Andrews and District Safety Panel, added, “I would also ask parents and others to be vigilant and if suspicious contact the Fife Constabulary drugs hotline.
“The more help the police get the quicker they can deal with it.”
Fife police spokesman Detective Chief Inspector Graham Seath, head of Fife’s drug squad, said, “We are aware of a developing pattern concerning this type of drug, but its relatively recent emergence makes any assessment of user numbers difficult to gauge.
“There is a strong possibility that constituents used in the manufacture of this drug may be illegal and come under the realms of current drug legislation.”
October 22, 2009