‘Mercedes’ is killing our children

2016-05-18 06:00
Photo: supplied ‘Mercedes’ is white in colour and has a piece of metal wire lodged at its core.

Photo: supplied ‘Mercedes’ is white in colour and has a piece of metal wire lodged at its core.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

THE ecstasy-based pill, known as “Mercedes” is white in colour and has a piece of metal wire lodged at its core, and goes by many names on the street, including “Mitsubishi” and “Lacoste”.

At only R30 a pill, the drug has already killed almost 12 ­people, among them school children, and left scores others in hospital.

In March, three Durban teens died and 32 were admitted to hospital after suffering symptoms of poisoning allegedly from a new form of ecstasy also known as “Mercedes”. Scores of teens in KwaMashu had been celebrating at a term-end party and apparently spent the night drinking, smoking and taking drugs.

Parents are urged to be alert and look out for the following symptoms if they think their child has used the drug Mercedes - visual hallucinations, auditory hallucinations, being aggressive sometimes withdrawn, showing signs of abdominal pain and vomiting.

Unfortunately, there are not enough resources in this country to fight against substance abuse, so we need the parents of every single child to be alert and aware about what is going on in their children’s lives.
Even if you believe your child will never turn to something like drugs, you have to be aware that it can happen to any child at any time.

Drugs do not discriminate, your child can be a top achiever in sport or academics.
It just takes that one time, that one wrong decision with the wrong type of “friend” around. Drugs are not made like they were in the sixties. They are being made to kill our children.

If your child has only just “experimented” with drugs, they still need help and counselling to ensure it never happens again.

If you are concerned for your child’s well being or lifestyle choices, don’t hesitate to contact me for help and support. - Bianca Holman.

About the author:
Bianca Holman SAC (dip.) is an addictions counsellor and the founder of Against Substance Abuse.

For further information call 073 153 5541.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

How much food do you need to concentrate?

We have been taught that we need three meals a day in order to make it through the day and while most of us indulge in more than our fair share there is a large portion of South Africans who are living off barely enough to sustain them.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.