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  1. chillinwill
    A legal drug is in widespread use in Teesdale and is putting lives at risk, police have said.

    The synthetic substance is called mephedrone - more commonly known on the streets as "drone," "bubble" or "legal high”.

    Its chemical formula is one molecule different to ecstasy and as such dealers are claiming is not a controlled substance.

    They are importing it, mainly from China, and selling it openly on the internet as a plant fertilizer.



    Their sales pitch is that in powder, crystal or liquid form it is a legal ecstasy. But an alert issued by the Darlington Drug and Alcohol Action Team warns its use can result in severe nose bleeds, nose burns, hallucinations, blood circulation problems, rashes, anxiety and paranoia, fits and delusions.



    It can become addictive and when taken with alcohol or cut with other drugs it could result in death.



    Insp Kevin Tuck of Barnard Castle Police said: "In rural Teesdale there is evidence of widespread use of this substance. We have seen five young local people admitted to hospital in recent weeks after taking mephedrone.



    "An 18-year-old has already died in Sweden, where this drug is now banned. No drug is safe and we believe mephedrone, especially when mixed with alcohol or taken with other substances, could be deadly.



    "We know it is not on the radar for most parents and, sadly, because of its use in our area we would expect it to be readily available throughout every town and city in the North East and the UK."



    He added that in Durham, police have taken a stance and anyone found with it will be arrested on suspicion of possession of a banned substance.



    Police said they will be taken to a cell, their DNA and fingerprints taken and that arrest, depending upon enquiries, could have serious implications for example, on future job applications.



    Insp Tuck added: "This drug is illegal in Israel, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Psychiatrists in the UK have lobbied for it to be banned here.



    "We have seen the effects it has on young people. We have had officers assaulted by those high on it and two people have collapsed in the street.



    "One person at Cockfield took 36 hours to come down from his 'high,' and then had very serious paranoid problems when he did.



    "Concerns have been raised via pub watch and local youth services and we even have individuals from elsewhere in the country trying to buy via Teesdale links. People are blatantly saying there is nothing the police can do because it is 'legal.'"



    He said the last thing police, the Primary Care Trust and drug help agencies want is to see a death as the party season builds up to the Christmas festivities.



    "The use of this drug is becoming more prevalent. Parents should be on their guard particularly at this time of the year. They need to know it is freely available on the internet and that teenagers are talking about it,” he said.


    "Working with our partners, we will continue to take a strong stance to prevent death or injury. The bottom line is no drug is 'safe' and this one is dangerous."



    Darren Archer, manager of the County Durham Drug and Alcohol Action Team commented: "People are allowing themselves to be fooled into believing that just because a drug is not illegal it must be safe.

    “Products sold as plant fertiliser will not be tested as safe for human consumption and will cause damage to health.



    "I can understand how people can be forced by peer pressure to experiment. My advice would be to use recognised websites like TalktoFRANK.com to get the full facts."



    Police said the Teesdale Neighbourhood Policing Team has force-wide support in lobbying to have mephedrone added to the list of controlled drugs as soon as possible.

    November 20, 2009
    Teesdale Mercury
    http://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/teesdale-news/story,2363.html

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  1. NotTommy
    Re: "Lethal" legal high widespread in Teesdale, police say

    Police warning over 'bubble' drug

    Police have issued a warning after several youths fell ill after taking the drug mephedrone.

    The drug is commonly known as "bubble", "drone" or "legal high", imported mainly from China and sold as a plant fertilizer online, police said.

    Five youths on Teesdale have been admitted to hospital in recent weeks after taking mephedrone.

    Its chemical formula is one molecule different to ecstasy and is not on the official list of banned substances.

    Insp Kevin Tuck said anyone found with mephedrone would be arrested on suspicion of possession of a banned substance.

    'Deadly substance'

    Darlington Drug and Alcohol Action Team warned its use can result in severe nose bleeds, nose burns, hallucinations, blood circulation problems, rashes, anxiety and paranoia, fits and delusions.

    It can become addictive and if taken with alcohol or cut with other drugs it could result in death, the action team said.

    Insp Tuck said: "An 18-year-old has already died in Sweden, where this drug is now banned. No drug is safe and we believe mephedrone, especially when mixed with alcohol or taken with other substances, could be deadly.

    "We know it is not on the radar for most parents and, sadly, because of its use in our area we would expect it to be readily available throughout every town and city in the North East and the UK."

    The drug is illegal in Israel, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Psychiatrists in the UK have lobbied for it to be banned here.

    Friday, 20 November 2009
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tees/8370130.stm
  2. chillinwill
    Re: "Lethal" legal high widespread in Teesdale, police say

    Alert over 'fertiliser' drug use

    Drug takers who are using fertilizers to get high are being warned that they are risking their lives.

    Durham police fear someone could die over the coming weeks, as the increasing use of a so-called legal drug spreads throughout the region.

    The synthetic substance mephedrone is known on the streets as "drone," "bubble" or "legal high".

    Its chemical formula is one molecule different from Ecstasy and dealers claim it is not a controlled substance. They import it mainly from China and sell it on the Internet as a plant fertilizer.

    The sales pitch is that in powder, crystal or liquid form it is a legal Ecstasy.

    But it can result in severe nose bleeds, nose burns, hallucinations, blood circulation problems, rashes, anxiety and paranoia, fits and delusions.

    It can also become addictive and if taken with alcohol or cut with other drugs it could result in death.

    Inspector Kevin Tuck, of Durham Police, said: "No drug is safe and we believe mephedrone, especially when mixed with alcohol or taken with other substances, could be deadly."

    November 21, 2009
    Sunderland Echo
    http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/Alert-over-39fertiliser39-drug-use.5846036.jp
  3. Rainbowzz
    Re: "Lethal" legal high widespread in Teesdale, police say

    So here is my bone of contention!

    Mephedrone is dangerous, and therefore should be banned they say. No drug is safe, they say.

    Okay - so what about inhalants - extremely extremely dangerous, known for other uses much like mephedrone (fertilizer), but I am pretty sure we still sell inhalants at the grocery store to this day!:thumbsdown: H-Y-P-O-C-R-T-I-C-A-L:laugh:
  4. Cueballzero
    Re: "Lethal" legal high widespread in Teesdale, police say

    how can the police arrest you for possession of a banned substance when the substance isn't banned? That's none sensicle and cannot possibly lead to a conviction, in fact you could do them for false imprisonment.
  5. Seaquake
    Re: "Lethal" legal high widespread in Teesdale, police say

    because it's on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled substance. anyone who is arrested with an unidentifiable substance is arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled substance. no matter how much they complain that it isn't.
  6. NotTommy
    Re: "Lethal" legal high widespread in Teesdale, police say

    Exactly what happened to SWIM
  7. chillinwill
    Warning following 'legal high' overdoses

    Police and health officials warn public over dangers of drug which is technically legal.

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    Scottish police are cracking down on a new night-clubbing drug known as bubbles after five revellers overdosed at the weekend.

    Police have struggled to stamp-out the methyl methcathinone-based drug because it is still technically legal.

    But, over the weekend in Dundee - the city where the craze originated - five people suffered non-fatal overdoses after taking the concoction. While all of them recovered after consuming the substance, two of them were hospitalised.

    User reports have previously suggested that bubbles is a cocktail of MDMA, ecstasy and cocaine. But it is now believed to consist of the legal methyl methcathinone.

    The drug is either swallowed or snorted, and has a similar effect to ecstasy - producing euphoria, alertness, talkativeness and feelings of empathy.

    Health experts are warning that anyone who takes bubbles is putting their health in danger.

    A Tayside Police spokeswoman said: "Just because it's legal to possess doesn't mean it's safe. Most of the substances are illegal to sell, supply, or advertise for human consumption, under medicines legislation, because of their effects on the body.

    "Legal highs can contain a range of potentially dangerous chemicals, and their chemical makeup changes all the time - so you can never be 100% certain what you have bought, and what the effects might be.

    "The chemicals in legal highs have, in most cases, never before been used as drugs, so have had no tests performed on them to show they are safe. Nor do they have a long history of use, so health problems would not yet have become apparent."

    Gareth Balmer, project manager at the Addaction Dundee branch, said the new "legal high" is not controlled in any way.

    He said: "Dundee and Tayside are awash with it at the minute, and we need to do something about it. This is not a drug to be taken lightly. It may have a cute name, but it's very dangerous.

    "We first started hearing of bubbles in August or September last year, and a lot was seized at Glastonbury last summer. It's been prevalent in Dundee for the past eight or nine months."

    According to Addaction, users have reported rashes, numbness, headaches, amnesia, extreme bruising, palpitations, rapid breathing, heart pain, ulceration of the nose, throat and stomach, paranoia and aggression among the side effects.

    November 25, 2009
    STV
    http://news.stv.tv/scotland/tayside/139956-warning-following-legal-high-overdoses/
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