Dangerous new party drug

2013-04-13 00:00

AT least four young people were hospitalised last Sunday after ingesting a new and potentially lethal concoction at parties in Pietermaritzburg.

Weekend Witness could not establish whether the victims of the new drug took it deliberately or had their drinks spiked.

The victims said the new drug, called Music, is a combination of various kinds of ecstasy tablets mixed with an unknown substance in capsule form.

It is sold in and around Dambuza, and can be ingested by mouth or smoked as a powder.

They report that the drug induces abnormal behaviour, including hallucinations and shortness of breath within hours.

A source in Dambuza who knows about the drug said it was fairly new. It had been on the streets for barely a week. It combines ecstasy pills such as “Ben 10”, “Mercedes” and “Mitsubishi” and an unknown powder.

“It sells for R35 because there are many people producing it here, and R50 in drinking areas outside Dambuza,” the source said.

“I understand that people took it on Saturday and it made many go crazy. Some of them were taken to Mbalenhle clinic in Imbali on Sunday morning.

“I do not think they will be selling it again because of what it does.”

Bonisiwe Dlamini believes that a family member who took the drug had been poisoned.

He had gone to a party with his friends in the kwaPata area on Sunday and was later found “dead drunk”, she said. His condition worsened on Sunday night and he was taken to Edendale hospital.

The boy “could not move or speak”, she added.

“Although he drinks, he is a tidy guy and does not drink like that and we suspect someone put the pill in his drink.

“The people who are responsible for this should be brought to book. If my [relative] is involved in any way with this pill, he too should be arrested,” said Dlamini.

Other Dambuza residents whose family members landed in hospital on Saturday said the drug would destroy the youth.

Said one: “My brother came home on Sunday morning and was acting weirdly. He was moving around saying that there were people chasing him.

“We had to lock all the doors to keep him inside the house.

“He is recovering well in hospital, but he does not remember anything that happened on Sunday.”

She said she had learnt from one of the women who were with him at the time that his drink might have been spiked with Music.

Another resident said: “We should raise the alarm. People should be made aware of this. This is another drug that the makers will be targeting the young people with …”

Reshnee Beekrum, of Mediclinic in Pietermaritzburg, confirmed that two people had been admitted with suspected drug-induced symptoms. They complained of chest pain, psychosis and disorientation.

St Anne’s, where one patient was said to have been admitted to the intensive care unit suffering from shortness of breath, declined to comment.

The police and the SA National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence in Pietermaritzburg said they were not aware of the new drug.

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