Bridport Teens Out Of Hospital After Taking Class A Drug
8:21am 11th April 2014
Two teenage girls who ended up in intensive care after taking a potentially lethal Class-A drug in Bridport, are back home with their families.
The girls, aged 15 and 17, received emergency treatment at Dorset County Hospital after it's thought they took the hallucinogenic drug 2C-I on Saturday night (5th April). One of them was found unconscious.
One of the girls was admitted for emergency treatment while the other was cleared to return home and discharged.
The street name for 2C-I is "Smiles" and it comes in the form of a blue pill.
Bridport Inspector Mike Darby told us the pills are just as lethal as the more well-known hard stuff;
"If the drug is 2C-I then it's regarded as a Class A drug which puts it in the same category as cocaine and heroin in the eyes of the law. It's not that common in the UK and it's the first time I've heard of it in West Dorset.
"In Bridport it's the first instance that's come to light and we're quite concerned about it, especially when teenagers take it, they're really vulnerable."
Inspector Darby fears dealers are downplaying the blue pills, despite the dangers;
"I'm certain the young people who take these pills would never consider injecting heroine or smoking crack cocaine as they're regarded socially as very serious drugs.
These pills are just as dangerous and legally classed the same as those other drugs because of the severe affect they have on people. I am concerned that whoever is selling them is making out that they are not serious and are fun to take, which clearly makes them appealing."
Mindy Crispy from Dorset's Essential Drug and Alcohol Service told us drugs purchased off the street and online are sometimes more lethal, because consumers just don't know what they contain;
"The danger that we have when we take drugs that are just sold to us on the street is that there's no testing, no purity levels, there's no clinical trials that have gone on with these drugs, so we're really just taking the trust of the person who's selling us these drugs."
"Unfortunately we do see some of our clients and clients to be, ending up in A+ E departments, with severe injuries, internal bleeding, and accidents relating to their drug use, you just don't know what can happen to you when you take drugs."
Bridport Inspector Mike Darby said his Safer Neighbourhood teams would be chatting with young people in the town to try and warn them about the dangers of the blue pill 2C-i.