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  1. chillinwill
    POLICE in Coleraine yesterday issued an urgent health warning about a new recreational drug made from plant food.

    The PSNI said it is worried about illegal drugs circulating in the borough particularly dangerous substances such as plant food being sold along with or substituted for class 'A' drugs.

    The warning comes after five young people in Dundee overdosed on the drug, known as "Bubbles" before Christmas. The drug has become as popular as Ecstasy in some clubs and pubs in Scotland.

    The drug's main ingredient is mephedrone - which is not a controlled substance - a white powder which is sold legally as a plant fertiliser.

    Regular use can result in severe nose bleeds, nose burns, hallucinations, blood circulation problems, rashes, vomiting, anxiety and paranoia, fits and delusions.

    A PSNI statement said: "All illegal drugs are inherently dangerous, and are produced with little or no quality control or any regard for public health and safety.

    "Those who use illegal drugs need to think seriously about what they are doing and whether the risks of achieving a particular 'high' are worth the risk of losing their life.

    "Taking, possessing or supplying any kind of illegal drug is a criminal offence and can result in a criminal conviction and even a jail sentence.

    "Taking any type of illegal drugs, or prescription drugs without proper medical advice can pose a serious risk to your health.

    "Police advice is that no one should ever take any kind of illegal drug or take prescription drugs without proper medical supervision."

    To page 9

    Anyone contemplating buying illegal drugs in the North Coast area or anywhere else should 'run a mile' from the idea because there is a high risk they will die, according to East Derry SDLP Assembly Member John Dallat.

    He said: "The consequences of using illegal drugs circulating in or about night clubs could be fatal and anyone who is using these products is risking their lives. They are, in effect staring death in the eye.

    "Cocaine-based drugs available for sale by dealers and pushers are being 'bulked' to maximise profits and the bulking agents could be methadone, plant food or any other material which is white and looks like the original material.

    "It is my understanding that the PSNI have seized a quantity of these materials and an analysis shows that potential users are dicing with death if they use them."

    January 6, 2010
    Coleraine Times


  1. Insomniacsdream
    Ffs its not plant food sold as drugs its drugs sold as plant food. Why do the media have so much trouble with this concept
  2. chillinwill
    Because they don't bother to research on what they are writing.
  3. cannabis-sam
    Surely they mean drugs being sold as plant food before all this MHRA stuff with spice these legal high's used to be sold blatently for human consumption with advice on the pack about how to use safely and properly and not to mix with any other drugs or medications.

    The media hasn't got it yet MEPHEDRONE IS NOT PLANT FOOD, I'm being told by so many people "you know mephedrone is plant food" and I have to calmly explain for the umpteenth time that it is sold as a plant food because they're breaking the law if they sell it for human consumption. How do these people graduate their journalism degrees when they don't even do the most basic of fact checking.

    Another thing that confuses me is if everyones so convinced mephedrone is a plant food why is there so much pressure to ban it kids have been getting high of aerosoles for years, but I don't believe they've been banned just restricted to people over 18 years of age. I'm sure if they tried to ban aerosoles there would be a national outcry.
  4. Coconut
    Journalism is the mindless regurgitation of the establishment position and consensus reality. They don't actually check their facts, because then they would be exposing people to the truth, which is essentially the antithesis of mass media. Ketamine is referred to as a horse tranquilliser, methamphetamine rots your teeth and so on.
  5. enquirewithin
    Why does the media always quote such ignorant sources? :(
  6. Zentaurus41
    Party Cat doesn't understand why they say its legal then go on and on about the dangerous of illegal drugs.

    Party Cat think Journalists just like to twist the truth to make things sound more dangerous than they are, they dont sell papers by telling the truth or by using logic and reason in a news story.
  7. djhigh
    Swim had a major argument at a workplace about the Plant food. Swim knows its not plant food and would probably kill a whole allotment if fed to plants its sold as that to keep it off the medicines register therefore keeping it legal, the other swim who was arguing was saying things like its fertilizer and its full of chemical (no shit sherlock). People just dont listen or want to hear
  8. 10outof10
    This and similar articles also don't mention that bubbles is reported to be not just mephedrone but a mix of 4mmc and m1 (methylone). This has been SWIM's experience anyway, coming from info recieved via tayside area that is mentioned in the article.
  9. Eratosthenese
    JWH-018 is also sold as plant food. SWIM wonders if this could unfairly cause the ignorant masses to believe those substances are similar. That could be dangerous.
  10. Zentaurus41
    I read a BBC news report that said it was being used as plant food, so i emailed the editor and made a complaint.

    Its not good the media is publishing lies.
  11. enquirewithin
    ^ Good my prize azaleas are all dead!
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