Warning over D10 tranquiliser

Sinn F�in's Maeve McLaughlin. (0806MM30)
Sinn F�in's Maeve McLaughlin. (0806MM30)

A dangerous new tranquiliser is being used recreationally in Derry, a local MLA has warned.

Sinn Fein’s Maeve McLaughlin says the drug - known as D10 - has a range of side effects and is “especially addictive.”

“Apparently these drugs can leave you extremely depressed and may be especially addictive,” warned the MLA, who is a member of the Stormont Health Committee.

“Known as D10s these drugs are believed to be some form of diazepam. Reports suggest that these may be widely available in the Derry area.

“People who use mephedrone along with this batch of D10s may substantially increase risks to their health and they should be aware of this.

“Anyone who has taken these drugs should seek emergency help given the severity of some of the reported side effects.”

Ms McLaughlin said as well as contacting their GP users should can also get in touch with Lifeline on 0808 808 8000.