POLICE Scotland and NHS Lanarkshire have issued a new drugs warning following reports of people experiencing significant effects from consuming capsules containing ecstasy crystals, known as MDMA.
The ecstasy concerned comes in a crystal form contained within a capsule and in tablet form.
Police have issued the warning to young people in Clydesdale and beyond with the festival season almost upon us.
Detective Inspector Michael Miller, Police Scotland’s national drug co-ordinator said: “Any drug can be dangerous and MDMA in crystalline form is likely to be far more concentrated.
“These incidents highlight the dangers of taking MDMA in both its crystalline and pill form. These drugs are potent and you are putting your health at risk if you take ecstasy.
“I cannot emphasise enough that consuming MDMA with alcohol or any other drug increases the risks significantly.”
“The police message is clear; taking any illicit drug puts your health in danger and if you are found with illegal drugs you will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal and may be arrested.”
Dr Adam Brodie, NHS Lanarkshire clinical director for addictions, added: “There are considerable health risks associated with ecstasy as it has been linked to liver, kidney and heart problems.
“The comedown from the drug can also make people feel lethargic and depressed.
“Those with a heart condition, blood pressure problems, epilepsy or asthma can also have a very dangerous reaction to the drug.
“Evidence also suggests long-term users can suffer memory problems and may develop depression and anxiety.”