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Fears over new legal party drugs that are 'as dangerous as cocaine'

By Guttz, Dec 30, 2010 | | |
  1. Guttz
    Several teenagers have been taken to hospital after taking dangerous new strains of 'legal highs', it has emerged.

    A report compiled by drugs workers in Cambridge revealed teens are suffering serious illnesses from consuming legal drugs called 'Diablo' and 'Eric 3'.

    They have become increasingly popular since the Government banned the drug Meow Meow because it had been linked with a series of deaths.

    Drug workers from Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service (Casus) revealed the stimulant-based drugs have caused sickness among young people and warned they can be as dangerous as cocaine, Ecstasy and speed.

    A Casus spokeswoman said: 'We have had a report of two new legal highs being used in Cambridge and London. These are called Diablo and Eric 3.

    'This information has been shared with key community partners working with young people and adults so they are able to direct individuals to the appropriate drug services for advice and support.

    'The Casus team would advise that just because a drug is legal to possess, it doesn't mean it is safe.'

    'It is becoming increasingly clear that 'legal highs' are far from harmless and can have similar health risks to drugs like cocaine, Ecstasy and speed.'

    Cllr Geoff Heathcock, Lib Dem health spokesman on Cambridgeshire County Council, said he was 'shocked' by drug use among youngsters.

    'I am horrified that more and more of these appalling drugs are awash in the city causing no small amount of problems for the individuals but also putting even more pressure on an already pressurised NHS,' he commented.

    'Clearly more resources need to be directed to tackling the supply end for these awful drugs and I welcome the preliminary steps that the Home Secretary is taking.'

    He added: 'We must however put more responsibility on parents to know what their children are up to and penalise them too to get messages home.'

    The emergence of 'Diablo' and 'Eric 3' comes after the banning of mephedrone, better known as Meow Meow, after the stimulant was linked to a number of deaths.

    The drug had been packaged and sold as a plant food online before its implication in a number of deaths saw the substance reclassified as a class B narcotic, the same as cannabis and amphetamines.

    An October inquest found that 19-year-old Rebecca Cardwell became the youngest person in Britain to die after taking Meow Meow at a party in May.

    Law student Laura Main died in April after drinking and taking Meow Meow, another party drug known as GHB and Valium.

    A month earlier, four people were charged with supplying drugs following the deaths of Benjamin Walters, 18, and Lindsey Wilson, 28, after the pair died at a Hertfordshire party having taken Meow Meow and morphine.

    An immediate temporary ban on suspected 'legal highs' was among measures unveiled in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill in August, as the Government moved to stop new party drugs from securing a market foothold.

    Under the new law, legal highs could be banned for 12 months while the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs decides whether to ban them permanently.

    Anyone caught trafficking or supplying a substance that is subject to a temporary ban could face prosecution.

    By Daily Mail Reporter
    Last updated at 11:10 AM on 30th December 2010


  1. Killa Weigha
    No more spray paint allowed in the UK!
    There's an oxymoron for ya, eh? Yes, let the police enforce social responsibility. Soon parents will be absolved of all duties. Hooray for the nanny state!
  2. Alfa
    Does this relate to the herbal ecstasy Diablo. from lightyears products or does this relate to Diablo XXX, which seems to be a research chemical snuff.
  3. kailey_elise
    As dangerous? How about more dangerous? :rolleyes: If the "real thing" was available, people wouldn't have the desire to put this unknown crap in their bodies!

    *shakes head*

    What's so hard about this to understand? EVERY time they ban some "legal high" drug, another one shows up in it's place. Ergo, people want to get high, you can't change this fact; it's been this way since humans began & other animals do it too!


  4. godztear
    Since when is it the governments job to tell parents when to punish their children? I would have to agree with KW, society needs to take a step back from the government and look long and hard at it, before it is too late.
  5. catseye
    I must congratulate the Daily Mail on their product placement advertising too...just in time for the run-up to New Years Eve. The fools. One can imagine what this will do for sales.

    The 'temporary ban' idea is farcical too. Anything that is placed in this category will be banned for 12 months while the ACMD looks into it - after which time it will no doubt be permanently banned because the ACMD will not want to be viewed as endorsing a 'legal high' by removing the temp ban, and essentially giving the green light to its safety.

    ETA: Alfa, I think it refers to the herbal ecstasy Diablo as there is speculation that both of these 'new' drugs are actually repackaged mephedrone (which seems to make more sense than if it referred to the RC snuff, wouldn't it?).
  6. Alfa
    The herbal ecstasy 'diablo' does not contain mephedrone. At least not the sample I saw an analysis of, when I debated this in a smartshop.
  7. Terrapinzflyer
    the Diablo XXX from "am hi" has recently been reformulated - supposedly uk/worldwide legal. I am *assuming* this is the product being reported. From a news report:
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