Letter to the Western Mail on deadly drugs

July 19, 2013 11:12 AM

Jenny Willott

SIR - Recently there have been a number of deaths in Scotland linked to a drug called PMA. It is believed people who took the drug thought they were taking Ecstasy.

South Wales Police have warned the public following the discovery of PMA in our area - it was found as a white powder mixed with amphetamine and was seized by police in Gorseinon in Swansea.

People in Cardiff need to be aware of the extreme dangers of this drug: it is similar to MDMA, but much stronger and can result in dangerous rises in body temperature. It is also slow-acting, which can mean users take more of the drug to get a reaction, resulting in an overdose.

Of course we discourage all illegal drug use, but this development is particularly worrying. Users need to remember they can never be 100% sure exactly what they are taking.

The Wales Drug and Alcohol helpline - 0800 633 5588 - provides a free and bilingual service for anyone wanting more information or help relating to drugs or alcohol. Anyone with any information about the use or sale of drugs should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

JENNY WILLOTT

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MP for Cardiff Central

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