Warning that lethal 'designer' drug could be circulating in area

A WARNING has been issued about a potentially fatal new 'designer' drug.

Police believe the drug, called 4,4-DMAR is circulating in the area.

The drug has been implicated in deaths elsewhere in the UK and abroad.

4,4-DMAR (Paramethyl-4-methylaminorex), is not currently a banned substance but has been mixed with other controlled drugs with fatal consequences. Its presence has been detected following the deaths of more than 20 people in Northern Ireland and others in Hungary.

Intelligence has now revealed that the drug may be being supplied in Shropshire, sparking concern that it might also be available in other parts of West Mercia and Warwickshire.

Detective Inspector Tom Harding said that 4,4-DMAR was sometimes supplied as crystal miaow and was also passed off in white powder form as cocaine.

It has also been seized abroad in the form of speckled brown tablets with a cherry or cross motif on them.

Taking 4,4-DMAR can cause serious side effects including psychotic symptoms, hyperthermia, foaming at the mouth, breathing problems and cardiac arrest, especially after a high dose or in combination with other drugs.

Det Insp Harding said: “This new psychoactive substance is potentially lethal and we have reason to believe that it is for sale in and around Shropshire, and possibly elsewhere.

“Such drugs are known as ‘legal highs’ but just because they are not currently banned does not mean they are not dangerous. Taking them in combination or mixed with other controlled or illegal drugs could have tragic consequences. That has already been highlighted by the deaths in Northern Ireland and elsewhere in Europe.

“People who are involved in taking such substances need to be aware of the danger posed by this and we would appeal to anyone who knows anything about the supply of 4,4-DMAR or illegal drugs to contact the police immediately on the non-emergency number 101.

“We realise there are some people who may not want to talk to us directly and would wish to remain anonymous, in which case I would urge them to contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Details can also be passed to Crimestoppers online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Anyone who has taken any substance that resembles this legal high and starts to experience any adverse effects such as rapid heart rate, to seek medical assistance immediately.

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7:33pm Sun 22 Jun 14

DarrenM says...

Why is availability in Warwickshire a concern? This is the Worcester news and Worst Farcia doesn't cover Warwickshire, oh wait a minute its because the police forces merged without consulting anyone...
Why is availability in Warwickshire a concern? This is the Worcester news and Worst Farcia doesn't cover Warwickshire, oh wait a minute its because the police forces merged without consulting anyone... DarrenM
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7:47pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Perfman says...

DarrenM wrote:
Why is availability in Warwickshire a concern? This is the Worcester news and Worst Farcia doesn't cover Warwickshire, oh wait a minute its because the police forces merged without consulting anyone...
Or maybe becasue any old idiot can drive from Warwickshire to Worcestershire in under an hour
[quote][p][bold]DarrenM[/bold] wrote: Why is availability in Warwickshire a concern? This is the Worcester news and Worst Farcia doesn't cover Warwickshire, oh wait a minute its because the police forces merged without consulting anyone...[/p][/quote]Or maybe becasue any old idiot can drive from Warwickshire to Worcestershire in under an hour Perfman
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10:40pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Hugh Wattmate says...

When will they learn to make a regulated legal market for drugs. Would put a stop to all this designer drug rubbish overnight.

When will it be enough so many teens and adults have gotten criminal records, or ill from designer drugs and small time drug dealers rich or hooking people on harder drugs.

Just end the stupid war you are loosing on drugs regulate it and make some money.
When will they learn to make a regulated legal market for drugs. Would put a stop to all this designer drug rubbish overnight. When will it be enough so many teens and adults have gotten criminal records, or ill from designer drugs and small time drug dealers rich or hooking people on harder drugs. Just end the stupid war you are loosing on drugs regulate it and make some money. Hugh Wattmate
  • Score: 1

11:58am Mon 23 Jun 14

Tony Pingree says...

Hugh Wattmate wrote:
When will they learn to make a regulated legal market for drugs. Would put a stop to all this designer drug rubbish overnight.

When will it be enough so many teens and adults have gotten criminal records, or ill from designer drugs and small time drug dealers rich or hooking people on harder drugs.

Just end the stupid war you are loosing on drugs regulate it and make some money.
Hi Hugh,

An interesting idea but it may be more complex than it first looks.

Any drug used in this country has to be tested. This process can take many years and cost huge amounts of money. It is unlikely that the suppliers would be able to fund this this without illegal activity, so who pays for it?

Next we have the drugs that have already been tested but are sometimes used recreationaly. The problem with these it is not so much the drugs but how often people use them. Some people have that personality that compels them to keep taking them, even when they know it is not a good idea. What do we do about these people?

I agree that the war on drugs may not be the best way to deal with this problem but I'm not sure if a regulated market would actually make things any better.

I suppose that at the end of the day we'll just have to choose between freedom of personal choice and what's good for us. (seat belts being a prime example)
[quote][p][bold]Hugh Wattmate[/bold] wrote: When will they learn to make a regulated legal market for drugs. Would put a stop to all this designer drug rubbish overnight. When will it be enough so many teens and adults have gotten criminal records, or ill from designer drugs and small time drug dealers rich or hooking people on harder drugs. Just end the stupid war you are loosing on drugs regulate it and make some money.[/p][/quote]Hi Hugh, An interesting idea but it may be more complex than it first looks. Any drug used in this country has to be tested. This process can take many years and cost huge amounts of money. It is unlikely that the suppliers would be able to fund this this without illegal activity, so who pays for it? Next we have the drugs that have already been tested but are sometimes used recreationaly. The problem with these it is not so much the drugs but how often people use them. Some people have that personality that compels them to keep taking them, even when they know it is not a good idea. What do we do about these people? I agree that the war on drugs may not be the best way to deal with this problem but I'm not sure if a regulated market would actually make things any better. I suppose that at the end of the day we'll just have to choose between freedom of personal choice and what's good for us. (seat belts being a prime example) Tony Pingree
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12:17pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Hwicce says...

Hugh Wattmate wrote:
When will they learn to make a regulated legal market for drugs. Would put a stop to all this designer drug rubbish overnight.

When will it be enough so many teens and adults have gotten criminal records, or ill from designer drugs and small time drug dealers rich or hooking people on harder drugs.

Just end the stupid war you are loosing on drugs regulate it and make some money.
So if burglary gets to the point where it's out of control you would just advocate allowing people to buy a license to burgle someone. After all that way less people would have criminal records, the Police wouldn't have to bother with burglaries any more and the state could make a bit of money.
[quote][p][bold]Hugh Wattmate[/bold] wrote: When will they learn to make a regulated legal market for drugs. Would put a stop to all this designer drug rubbish overnight. When will it be enough so many teens and adults have gotten criminal records, or ill from designer drugs and small time drug dealers rich or hooking people on harder drugs. Just end the stupid war you are loosing on drugs regulate it and make some money.[/p][/quote]So if burglary gets to the point where it's out of control you would just advocate allowing people to buy a license to burgle someone. After all that way less people would have criminal records, the Police wouldn't have to bother with burglaries any more and the state could make a bit of money. Hwicce
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5:45pm Mon 23 Jun 14

pinkfluff says...

Hwicce wrote:
Hugh Wattmate wrote:
When will they learn to make a regulated legal market for drugs. Would put a stop to all this designer drug rubbish overnight.

When will it be enough so many teens and adults have gotten criminal records, or ill from designer drugs and small time drug dealers rich or hooking people on harder drugs.

Just end the stupid war you are loosing on drugs regulate it and make some money.
So if burglary gets to the point where it's out of control you would just advocate allowing people to buy a license to burgle someone. After all that way less people would have criminal records, the Police wouldn't have to bother with burglaries any more and the state could make a bit of money.
What?? Burglary is wrong and against the law for good reason, no one wants their belongings taken.

Using drugs is against the law because someone decided to make it illegal lol. Not sure that analogy quite works imo.
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hugh Wattmate[/bold] wrote: When will they learn to make a regulated legal market for drugs. Would put a stop to all this designer drug rubbish overnight. When will it be enough so many teens and adults have gotten criminal records, or ill from designer drugs and small time drug dealers rich or hooking people on harder drugs. Just end the stupid war you are loosing on drugs regulate it and make some money.[/p][/quote]So if burglary gets to the point where it's out of control you would just advocate allowing people to buy a license to burgle someone. After all that way less people would have criminal records, the Police wouldn't have to bother with burglaries any more and the state could make a bit of money.[/p][/quote]What?? Burglary is wrong and against the law for good reason, no one wants their belongings taken. Using drugs is against the law because someone decided to make it illegal lol. Not sure that analogy quite works imo. pinkfluff
  • Score: 1
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