'Rolex' drugs linked to Scottish deaths

Published Wednesday, 10 July 2013
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Police are Scotland suspect that the drug-related deaths of seven people are linked to so-called 'rolex' pills - the same fake ecstasy tablets as have been investigated in Northern Ireland.

'Rolex' drugs linked to Scottish deaths
Other forms of fake ecstasy, besides the 'rolex' pills, recovered in Scotland. (© Police Scotland)

In the latest incident in Scotland, an 18-year-old woman died in West Dunbartonshire on Tuesday morning. Three male friends were also admitted to hospital for treatment.

The green pills with a crown logo, thought to be five times as strong as ecstasy, are being blamed.

"We have yet to establish if this particular pill is to blame for the death of this young woman, but the fact that she and her friends took pills described as green and with a Rolex stamp on it causes us real concern," Superintendent Grahame Clarke, from Police Scotland, said.

In Northern Ireland, it had been feared that eight unexplained deaths of people in their 20s and 30s in the space of four weeks had been caused by the same drugs.

However, it was later established that no single killer drug was responsible.

The impact of taking a drug you do not know the exact content of can be extremely dangerous and fatal in some cases. Taking it just once can be one time too many.

Police Scotland

Authorities continue to warn about the dangers of the 'rolex' pills though, after they were found to contain a dangerous stimulant known as PMA.

Other drugs believed to have been mistaken for ecstasy have also been seized in Scotland.

They include white pills with Mitsubishi logos, yellow tablets with star logos and other green pills with Heineken logos.

The exact ingredients are not yet known, but all the pills are feared to contain a toxic mix of a number of chemicals, including more than one Class C drug and PMA.

According to medics, those taking the drugs can experience symptoms including soaring temperatures, muscle pains, hallucinations and aggression.

Police in Scotland are particularly keen to get the message about the dangers out to people ahead of this weekend's T in the Park music festival in Balado, Perth and Kinross.

Meanwhile, officers in Northern Ireland have been accused of not doing enough to combat drugs, with community leaders claiming even "the dogs on the street" know who the dealers are.

"We don't speak dog," Detective Chief Superintendent Roy McComb hit back.

"If people know, we would rather they picked up the phone and spoke to our Organised Crime branch."

© UTV News
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Conor in Belfast wrote (570 days ago):
If ecstasy had been legalised these young men and women would be here today. In Amsterdam you can get kits that test for PMA in pills so people know what they're taking. This would never happen over there. The politicians here screaming hysterically right now for tougher laws on drugs should take a long hard look at themselves.We need to make drugs safe, legal and regulated. We need to provide help for those who struggle with dependency and we need to stop criminalising those who choose to take drugs. People will take drugs, we have had a drugs culture for over 20 years. Society needs to wise up to itself, make them safe and make them legal before anymore people die this way. If ecstacy was legal it could be taxed like Alcohol or tobacco and then some of the millions of pounds that is spent on it could go back into the economy instead of making Paramilitary organisations rich. Prohibition doesn't cure the social problems of which drug abuse is the symptom, it just makes it harder for the ones that want to give help to those in need of it.
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