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Now danger drug Snow Blow is sweeping the city as banned head shop pills go undergrou

  1. Terrapinzflyer
    A potentially fatal psycho-active drug called "snow blow" is sweeping through the streets of north Dublin.

    The banned head shop drug mephedrone is being sold under the new nickname for three times its original price.

    And date rape drugs Rohypnol and Zimovane are taking over from the likes of heroin and cocaine among junkies, it is claimed. Dealers are handing out free samples to get a new breed of addicts hooked.

    Mephedrone-based drugs, which had been selling for between €15 and €20 when they were legal, now cost as much as €60.

    A number of teenagers in Britain died from taking mephedrone this year while some young Irish people were lucky not to suffer a similar fate.

    A 17-year-old girl from Bray barely survived a 35-minute seizure she suffered after taking a substance from a head shop.

    Mephedrone is described by the European Commission as having "acute and chronic toxicity" which makes it a perfect substitute for recreational drugs such as cocaine.

    PERFECT

    Zimovane and Rohypnol, which are anti-insomnia medications, are flooding the streets and are known as zimos.

    They are being brought in from countries like Egypt and Spain and are widely available there because of less-strict rules on prescription drugs.

    Mel MacGiobun, coordinator of the North Dublin Inner City Drugs Task Force, confirmed to the Herald that party powders and pills were still readily available on the streets of the capital.

    "We are familiar with incidents of these psychoactive substances called 'snow blow' and other powder substances being sold on the streets of Dublin's north inner-city," he said.

    "They were widely available earlier this year and there was a huge concentration of them available before the crackdown on head shops.

    "These powders contain the deadly substance mephedrone, which acts as a cocaine substitute. These substances were outlawed in May by the Minister for Health.

    UNDERGROUND

    "We've heard reports that as a result these drugs are being sold underground. It doesn't seem to be as easy to source but the price has trebled.

    "They were retailing for €15 to €20 but that has become between €50 and €60 since the ban was imposed.

    "They're selling as 'snow blow' and powders under the heading 'snow', they are highly addictive and potentially dangerous.

    "These party pills and powder can be reported to gardai and we will be calling on people to use our free-phone number if they have information on these drugs."

    Anyone who sees these substance being dealt on the streets is asked to report them confidentially to the Dial-to-Stop-Drug-Dealing campaign.


    By Cormac Byrne
    Thursday October 21 2010
    http://www.herald.ie/national-news/...d-head-shop-pills-go-underground-2389318.html

Comments

  1. Euphoric
    Re: Now danger drug Snow Blow is sweeping the city as banned head shop pills go under

    This is relevant to the story because?

    What substance? What dose?

    Ask cocaine users what they look for in a cocaine experience and potential replacements and "acute and chronic toxicity" is the answer you will get every time.

    Oh I get it, they are doing advertising for drug dealers. They don't talk about the dangers of these ones. They just say they are date rape drugs and replacing traditional drugs. They even mentioned free samples before! Now if only they gave the location...


    Because clearly they have very little information on them.
  2. Alchemical
    Re: Now danger drug Snow Blow is sweeping the city as banned head shop pills go under

    This is relevant to the story because?

    Not only is it irrelavent, it's basically a fabrication. Benzos have been available on the streets of Dublin for years, though I've never encountered Rohypnol.
  3. Mercc96
    Re: Now danger drug Snow Blow is sweeping the city as banned head shop pills go under

    Why would heroin addicts turn to sleeping medications?, ive heard of them being mixed into heroin but never replacing heroin itself?
  4. Mint boi
    Re: Now danger drug Snow Blow is sweeping the city as banned head shop pills go under

    This was always going to happen when the headshop crack downs happened.
    From what I've heard ( my ferret doesn't even bother with pills anymore), most of the E on the streets of Dublin these days are mephedrone, methylone, or some other recently outlawed RC.
  5. Mercc96
    Re: Now danger drug Snow Blow is sweeping the city as banned head shop pills go under

    The Gov really need to sort out there act, hopefully with some logical thinking rather then simply banning the substance gun ho style. Wishful thinking i know
  6. DesertRaven
    Re: Now danger drug Snow Blow is sweeping the city as banned head shop pills go under


    Thats not really true.Testing done on two certain pills and they are mdma.Some real shite out there though aswell
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