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Chinese Drug Linked to 125 Deaths


The National Crime Agency has warned a deadly new drug produced in China is linked to at least 125 deaths has reached England.

The United Nations has ordered a worldwide ban on N-Ethylnorpentylone in an attempt to close down its production in illegal psychoactive drugs “factories” in China which are flooding the market.

Professor Measham, a criminologist at Durham University, said: “The real problem is that the effects are not that dissimilar at the start to what a user might expect from MDMA but it takes longer. What people might think is that they have a weak sample of MDMA so they take more and inadvertently re-dose or overdose.”

“It can keep them awake for two to four days. They become increasingly stressed and anxious. The concern is that young people don’t realise it’s the drugs and think it could be them or think they are losing a grip of their faculties. We have seen people who have full blown psychotic episodes,” she continued.

A World Health Organisation (WHO) investigation report said the drug had been identified in 25 US deaths and “approximately 125 toxicology reports confirmed the detection (urine and blood) of N-ethylnorpentylone in fatal cases observed between 2016 and 2018.”

The Home Office has started licensing services in city centres where users will be able to get their illegal drugs tested for purity and content without fear of prosecution.

The Loop, which has more than 500 volunteers including health professionals, has already piloted city centre testing as has the charity, Addiction, which was licensed by the Home Office to do so in February.