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Police in fresh warning over drugs

Police have reissued warnings about potentially lethal drugs currently in circulation in Northern Ireland.

It comes after a small quantity of green-coloured ecstasy tablets were seized in Co Antrim.

Similar pills - known as "green Rolexes" - have been linked to the deaths of two people in their 20s and 30s in the region.

Detective Inspector Andy Dunlop, of the Police Service of Northern Ireland's (PSNI) organised crime branch, said: "Despite previous warnings by police and continued uncertainty surrounding the causes of a number of recent unexplained deaths, people are continuing to put their lives at risk.

"The combination of MDMA (ecstasy) and PMMA (paramethoxymethamphetamine) can be particularly hazardous to health and has been linked with numerous deaths worldwide.

"PMMA is particularly toxic. Both dealers and users may be unaware that what they believe to be ecstasy actually contains PMMA."

It is understood PMMA pills are slower to take effect causing the user to take more which can lead to seizures, convulsions, heart attack and ultimately death.

Police are investigating the sudden deaths of eight people in their 20s and 30s in Belfast and Co Londonderry in recent weeks.

Health authorities said there was no single drug link but the PSNI are still awaiting the results of forensic tests to establish if other drugs were involved.

Meanwhile, party-goers have been warned not to take illicit drugs and in particular green tablets bearing a Rolex-style crown logo.

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