A new, stronger form of party drug ecstasy is back on the scene, a Dundee drug worker has confirmed.
Gareth Balmer, project manager of drug support agency Addaction, was speaking following reports that £10 pills are on the market.
The pills are much stronger than the ecstasy which used to sell in the city for £2 or £3.
Mr Balmer said he had heard more talk from people with Edinburgh contacts that ecstasy is back and "around Dundee there is anecdotal evidence it's here too."
Tayside's market for the drug had all but disappeared in recent years, due largely to the growing demand for so-called legal highs.
While £171,697 of the class A substance was seized in the region by Tayside Police in 2007, the figure had dwindled to just £1337 in 2009.
In 2007, 78 people appeared in Tayside's courts accused of supplying ecstasy or being in possession of ecstasy with intent to supply. That figure that dropped to just six in 2009.
Mr Balmer warned anyone who experiments with ecstasy needs to take special care.
He said, "Don't mix it with other drugs including alcohol, drink plenty of fluids and be careful because you don't know what you are taking. Look out for your friends and take care of each other."
The Courier (UK)
November 23, 2010
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Drugs worker confirms return of stronger ecstasy tablets