Centre plea to fight Anglesey drugs plague
21 February 2013 |
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CALLS have been backed for a drug rehabilitation centre on Anglesey after a spate of serious incidents.
Anglesey County Councillor Rhian Medi believes more needs to be done to educate and rehabilitate young people affected by drugs on the island.
This comes after two more people were taken to hospital this week after taking the ‘pink love’ form of ecstasy.
Earlier this month, Llangefni teenager Thomas Philip Jones died and another Bangor teenager was hospitalised, after both were believed to have taken a ‘green apple’ pill.
Cllr Medi said: “There’s a drug problem on Anglesey, and we have to start a discussion.
“A lot of young people have lost their lives because of it. I think there is a strong case for a rehabillitation centre for Anglesey.
“It’s not to do with these recent ecstasy incidents, it’s a problem that’s more deep rooted. I think we need to sit around the table and ask the question.
“We have to speak to the young people to make them realise the dangers involved with this.”
Drug agency Cais has lent their support to the idea of expanding rehabilitation and drug education services throughout the region.
The agency believes the small rehabilitation unit in Bangor, Tyn Rhodyn, is not adequate to cope with the current demands of the area.
Geraint Jones of Cais said: “We’re ready to expand our rehabilitaion services wherever we can. If we can help provide a service to teach and educate young people about drugs, then we’d be looking to do so.”
North Wales Police and and Besti Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) have also issued a warning public against taking the drug named ‘Pink Love’.
Dr Linda Dykes FCEM, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Ysbyty Gwynedd said: "There are significant risks with any drug misuse, especially when it involves drugs bought off the streets or from unregulated sources.
"Users will never actually know what they are taking, its strength or whether or not it is contaminated: every time you take a street drug, you are trusting your health, or indeed your life, to chance."
Acting Chief Inspector Simon Barrasford said: "Both the pink heart shaped Pink Love and Green Apple tablets are being used by party goers and I want to make it very clear that the consequences of taking these tablets can be fatal.”
“I am also asking parents with teenage children to be extra vigilant and to sit down with their sons and daughters and talk through the dangers of taking these drugs.”
If you have any information about those who use or supply Pink Love or Green Apple tablets or any other controlled drug contact North Wales Police.