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Fantasy turns to terror for druggies

By Balzafire, Aug 2, 2010 | | |
  1. Balzafire
    A TOXIC batch of illicit drugs is causing "paranoia almost to the point of terror" for users from Fortitude Valley to Logan.

    The Courier-Mail can reveal concerned ambulance crews warned police of the problem in the early hours of Sunday.

    Sen-Sgt Geoff Marsh said the Queensland Ambulance Service had advised police that several people had collapsed in Fortitude Valley, possibly due to a toxic batch of fantasy.

    Valley Liquor Accord chairman Danny Blair said police met three weeks ago with the precinct's licensees to discuss notorious illicit drugs fantasy and miaow miaow.

    Fantasy, or Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB/GBH), is a depressant and date-rape drug usually sold in liquid form but also as a powder or tablet.

    Miaow miaow is a stimulant with the principal ingredient of mephedrone, usually sold as a powder, tablet or capsule.

    "The police have recently been making us aware there is a bad batch of drugs popping up lately," Mr Blair said.

    Lance Mergard, senior chaplain at voluntary organisation NightWatch, said the potentially fatal influx of the illegal drugs could be filling a gap left by a drought in the supply of ecstasy.

    He said his team of carers witnessed at least three users in the Valley last weekend suffering from the apparently dirty batch and in need of being taken to hospital.

    "My observations on the street are there is a bad batch because of the extreme physical and psychological effects," he said.

    "In some, the paranoia is almost to the point of terror.

    "They are more severe reactions and physical responses than what we generally see but it's different for everyone."

    So far, symptoms of the toxic batch include loss of feeling in arms and legs, severe confusion and anxiety, and increased heart rate.

    Mr Mergard said the potentially dirtier batch, cut with unknown toxic ingredients, was circulating more in Brisbane's south and Logan than in the Valley, and middle-class youngsters from 18 to 25 were the most common victims.

    He pleaded with affected users to confess to carers the drug they had consumed because they could not be charged with possession after ingestion and that information could save them immense pain.

    Queensland Health's acting executive director of Preventative Health, Mark West, said reports of the bad batch were a timely warning that all illicit drugs were dangerous and toxic to users.

    James O'Loan
    The Courier-Mail
    August 02, 2010


  1. anthonynelson
    Drugs are the root cause of damage to individual's personality.
  2. MrG
    ^^^^ That's a rather blithe and unsupported statement. I think you'll find that toxic nurture in childhood, as proven by Harvard researchers, is the root cause of damage to an individual's personality. It's not to say that problematic drug use doesn't bring with it problematic dysfunction within the user, but it's not the root cause.

    As for the original article, I'm not sure where they think they are going with it other than to scare the bejeebus out of the ignorant. The symptoms being described are more likely as a result of reckless indulgence with these drugs rather than some, as yet undefined and unsubstantiated, 'toxic' element in a particular 'batch'.
  3. corvardus
    The same vacuous argument can be made about religion. In fact SWIM might go as far to say that in some people religion is the root cause of drug taking.

    The article itself is not very well written. It is suggesting that the primary reason that illegal drugs are bad is due to the fact that there is a risk that the drugs are contaminated (bad batch) with things that are bad for your health.

    In fact the standard illegal drugs are bad is eclipsed by the article above it. Spectacular failure. Whether it is deliberate or not SWIM doesn't know but SWIM doubts it.

    Clearly the logical solution would be to bring the drugs under regulation in order to ensure purity and, presumably, everything would be a-okay.
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