‘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.

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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their child has used the drug Mercedes - visual hallucinations, auditory hallucinations, being aggressive sometimes withdrawn, showing signs of abdominal pain and vomiting.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.


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