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Bradford police warning over Rockstar drug danger
A police drugs expert has warned people about a mystery drug known as ‘Rockstar’ which has led to three people being admitted to hospital after they suffered a severe reaction to it.
All three, who suffered breathing problems, vomiting, racing pulses and high temperatures, admitted to experimenting with it in Maidstone, Kent.
The substance is believed to be sold as a form of ecstasy and comes as a bright red pill in a circular or star shape.
Although there is no evidence yet to suggest that the drug is available in Bradford, Bryan Dent, West Yorkshire Police’s drug co-ordinator, issued a warning about unknown substances.
“Rockstar is not something we have heard of, but the message that taking any substance not knowing what ingredients are in it can have potentially fatal consequences and people need to be aware of that,” he said.
“People taking illegal substances do not know the ingredients at all. The problem with these type of substances coming onto the market now are they are being marketed under different names with continuous different ingredients which manifest with people getting poorly.
“There are massive issues for the consumer and they do not know what they are taking. We get young people predominantly getting themselves into smoking things or ingesting white powder and they have no idea what is in it.”
Police from other forces said the pills appear to be “unpredictable and could potentially have very serious consequences” as they appealed for information about who has been dealing the drug.
Jon Royle, chief executive of Bradford drugs charity, Bridge, said: “What’s particularly sinister about these drugs is that young people are fairly well educated about the dangers of substances such as crack and heroin, but they don’t see a tablet they’ve been given by a friend, or bought from a dealer in a club in the same light.
“These drugs are often manufactured in poorly equipped labs overseas without quality control or proper safety measures. “The people who manufacture and distribute are unscrupulous organised criminals that do not care about the quality or the effects on the end user – all they are after is profit.
“If you buy these drugs there’s no way of knowing if they contain dangerous toxins until it’s too late. The internet is also presenting new challenges to treatment services like Bridge, because people assume that because they’ve brought something online that promises to make them high, it must come from a legitimate source and be safe – that’s not true and people need to be aware of the risks to their health.”