Students hospitalised after taking rare drug

By Terrapinzflyer · Oct 17, 2009 · Updated May 27, 2010 · ·
  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Students hospitalised after taking rare drug

    A FORMER student admitted supplying a rare psychedelic drug which put ten people in hospital.

    Andrew B. (pictured) peddled 2C-B – similar to LSD – and ketamine to friends and students.

    Ten people, including Andrew B., went to the Queen's Medical Centre with hallucinations.

    Police helped ambulance staff due to the strange behaviour of those affected. Most victims left hospital within 48 hours.

    Andrew B., 24, West Bridgford, was arrested and charged. He admitted supplying drugs and will be sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on October 27.

    Friday, October 16, 2009, 19:37


    comment My first thought was whether they had their facts wrong and this was related to the 2c-b-fly situation. But quite possible it is actually 2c-b- with the low dosage and steep response curve its an easy one for the inexperienced to mess up on...

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  1. Montgolfier
    "Ten people, including Andrew B., went to the Queen's Medical Centre with hallucinations"

    There must be more to this story, surely if even the guy selling the 2-CB went to hospital there were more worrying side effects, after all hallucinations would be expected surely?
  2. Abrad
    Has to be 2c-b fly...
  3. Terrapinzflyer
    Bloody press- this happened last year...irresponsible of them to print the article above that way

    Ten in hospital after 2C-B rave

    A group of revellers were rushed to hospital after taking a psychedelic drug rarely seen before by Nottingham's emergency services. The dealer who supplied them is awaiting sentence and the city's drug services are relaying the lessons learnt. REBECCA SHERDLEY and MICHAEL GREENWELL report

    WHEN 10 people were rushed to hospital in the early hours of November 16 last year, medics found themselves dealing with something new.

    They are trained to deal with overdoses and side-effects from a variety of drugs, but the symptoms exhibited by this group of people were different and alarming.

    They were suffering vivid hallucinations, extreme anxiety and some of their heart rates were at worryingly high levels.

    Some of the group – including six students from the University of Nottingham – said they had taken 2C-B, a drug "rarely seen" in the city.

    It has been described as a cross between ecstasy and LSD, which propels users into an energetic state mixed with hallucinations and disorientation.

    It is often dealt in capsules containing a dose of the drug, but the 10 people, who would eventually be hospitalised, may have taken 2C-B in an unmeasured, powder form.

    Inspector Nigel English, of Notts Police drugs directorate, said: "2C-B is a synthetic drug, and one that we have rarely come across in the last few years.

    "It could be that those who took it were unfamiliar with the drug and unaware of its potential side-effects or safe dosage levels.

    "It may be that they mistook it for another more common drug, like ecstasy or amphetamine, and assumed it could be taken in a similar quantity."

    The night had started at a house before moving to a Lenton venue for a club night called Firefly.

    The Marcus Garvey Centre, or The Ballroom, is a venue popular with University of Nottingham students and dance music fans throughout the city.

    But before long, staff at the venue had alerted police and emergency services because of the group's panicked and unusual behaviour.

    Two of the 10 who were rushed to hospital were transferred to the high dependency unit of Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre.

    Their condition was closely monitored over the next 48 hours.

    Drug-dealer Andrew B., 24, of Ellesmere Road, West Bridgford, was among the 10.

    He had also supplied ketamine to the group, a dangerous tranquilliser more commonly used among recreational drug users and more well known to hospital staff.

    Emergency services, Notts Police, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership worked together to ensure that more people were not endangered.

    There were fears that a batch of 2C-B was circulating in the city.

    Steve Youdell, Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, said: "To the best of our knowledge the use of the drug 2C-B in Nottingham is very rare.

    "The incident in November is the first if its kind that has been brought to our attention.

    "Following the information that was passed on to us by Notts Police we issued an alert to all the agencies in the city that are in contact, or potentially in contact with drug users, which is a standard procedure.

    "This alert contained the facts as we understood them and asked services to offer harm reduction advice as appropriate in the unlikely event that any of their clients come across this drug."

    Drug education charities which advise and support people who misuse drugs, particularly ones who work with clubbers, were urged to be vigilant.

    Manager Neil Brooks, of city-based charity Chill Out Sound Support, said: "Ketamine, ecstasy, MDMA and cocaine are the drugs we commonly encounter and cause the most problems.

    "We were alerted at the time of this but have not encountered 2C-B since."

    Andrew B. is due to be sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court, on October 27, for 11 counts of supplying drugs.

    The six University of Nottingham students have since graduated.

    None of the group except Andrew B. were charged with drugs offences.

    A University of Nottingham spokesman said: "We have liaised closely with Notts Police, both during the incident and since, and have co-operated fully with their investigation.

    "The supplier of the drug, Andrew B., is not and has never been a student of the University of Nottingham.

    "Six of the other 10 individuals involved are former students of the university who graduated in summer 2009.

    "While we do not discuss individual discipline cases, the university does not condone the supply or possession of any drugs.

    We have very firm policies to deal with such offences, including sanctions such as fines, suspension and exclusion.

    "Police and/or court action is also taken into consideration and in this case the university is satisfied that these six students were dealt with appropriately by Notts Police without court proceedings being initiated.

    "Appropriate advice and support on the misuse of drugs is provided for by the University Student Services in conjunction with the Students' Union.

    "This work is further supported by the work of our off campus manager for student affairs who regularly advises our off-campus student community."

    Melanie Renwick, of the University of Nottingham Students' Union, said: "We do not encounter any students who come to the Students' Union looking for support or advise if they have a drug problem.

    "Our Student Advice and Representation Centre would be the first port of call if they did and they would be advised according to their particular circumstances."
  4. CrzyBkr
    "Andrew B. (pictured) peddled 2C-B – similar to LSD – and ketamine to friends and students."

    Neither 2C-B nor 2C-B Fly are similar or related to LSD and especially not ketamine. They are of a completely different chemical class than either LSD or ketamine. Just another perfect example of irresponsible, scare tactic reporting. Damn, the media makes me sick!!!
  5. Synchronium
    Heh, I had brain surgery in that very same hospital.
  6. Mr_Wabbit
    Hey hey,

    I'm the guy the article is talking about. Yeah, it was pretty nasty and the police screwed me pretty hard too. I guess it wasn't straight up 2cb, either way, it was really really strong and a couple of my friends had had quite a lot of mdma which is what accelerated the effects. Because they reacted in such a bad and scary way everyone else started tripping out really badly too, hence 10 of us...

    It was a really sad thing to happen. Anyway, the reason i'm replying is to actually ask that this post is removed. I'm currently fighting with the evening post to get all online evidence of this thing removed so that i can put it behind me and so that it doesn't affect my future employment anymore, if you could do the same i would be most grateful.

    for the moderator:

    kind regards,
  7. missparkles
    I'm so sorry this happened to you and your mates, I really do hope that you get better and are back to normal. However (always one isn't there?:s) even if mods were to edit the article, getting newspapers and other online info sites to do the same will be a never ending job, cos I imagine there will always be a record of it.

    Perhaps it would be better just to draw a line under this whole tragic affair, and make sure you research what SWIY takes, and make sure the supplier is good too. Cos he's had a lucky escape. And having SWIYs name all over the net is just a passing thing, tomorrow some other person is gonna be in your place and this will be forgotten as it will be "old news."

    Take care love.

  8. bluntshell
    Could just remove his name. These incidents will have always happen. There is no reason to put his picture in there though, that's just dumb.....

    I think it would be respectful to actually have all names removed from news articles.... Or give consent. Unless we're talking about a real piece of shit....but then who and what criteria are used to determine who "a real piece of shit" is......

    Still, if I were in dudes shoes, I'd appreciate it it the mods removed my name rather than article....... This is a harm reduction website right? How is it harm reduction is by posting his name, which could fuckup employment for the guy for the rest of his life in the US?

    Plus, like Sparkles said, getting every website to remove the article is going to be near impossible.

    You'll get a better chance asking them to just remove your name, or having them change it to "XXXXXXXXX at university" or something
  9. Alfa
    I changed your name, but as newspapers have opened a special page on you, this is hardly going to get you out of google. Your name and photo is plastered all over the net and media for the next decades. You will need to hire a company to resolve this. It will be costly.
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