13/09/2019

Drugs Charity Issues Warning As Youths Hospitalised

A local drugs charity has issued a warning following overdoses linked to a batch of Pregabalin believed to be circulating the L'Derry area.

Four young people are understood to have been admitted to hospital.

Extern, a leading social justice charity tackling issues such as homelessness and drug and alcohol abuse, said it was made aware of the drug, which is also known as Lyrica, being sold in the area.
News Image
Writing on the ExternWest Facebook page, a spokesperson said: "Pregabalin is circulating in the Derry area at present which has resulted in unintentional OD incidents with 4 young people requiring hospital admissions. The Pregabalin is reported to have a signature on the pack, 300 mg tablets, which are smaller than the prescribed medication. Apparently there is a delay in effect."

The prescription drug is also used to treat epilepsy, nerve pain and anxiety.



(JG/CM)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

02 October 2019
Hub For Young Cancer Patients Unveiled
A new space dedicated to young people with cancer has been unveiled in Belfast. The Hub, located in the Bridgewater Suite at Belfast City Hospital, is designed to help make the hospital experience a less difficult one for teenagers and young adults.
15 August 2002
Substantial drugs haul in Londonderry
A woman has been arrested in County Londonderry after police uncovered a substantial drugs haul in a car last night Police stopped and searched the vehicle close to the Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry at around 10.30pm.
12 January 2009
Prison Service In The Dock - Again
The NI Prison Service is again in the spotlight as an investigation gets under way today following the sudden death of a man at Magilligan Prison. Richard Gilmore, 25, is thought to have died during the early hours of Sunday morning at the Co Londonderry facility.
28 January 2004
Former ‘Drugs Tsar’ to deliver City Hall seminar
Keith Hellawell, the former UK government ‘drugs tsar’ will be the keynote speaker at a forthcoming seminar about the impact changes in the legislation relating to drugs classification at Belfast City Hall. Mr Hellawell famously resigned his position in June 2002, in protest at the government’s stance on changes in drugs legislation.
07 October 2019
Other News In Brief
Alliance Selects Eastwood For Potential General Election Alliance has announced Castlereagh South Councillor Sorcha Eastwood to stand in the Lagan Valley constituency in any potential Westminster election.