Dangerous horse tranquilliser pills being illegally sold on Blackburn streets

This Is Lancashire: Dangerous horse tranquilliser pills being illegally sold on Blackburn streets Dangerous horse tranquilliser pills being illegally sold on Blackburn streets

POTENTIALLY lethal pills containing a powerful horse tranquilliser are being illegally sold on the streets of Blackburn.

Medical experts have warned anybody who believes they may have taken the blue tablets to seek urgent medical attention.

Police said in two separate incidents in the town people had suffered serious adverse effects after taking the tablets since Wednesday.

Officers have since recovered several hundred of the pills in two separate swoops.

Police said they were alerted to the issue by people who believed they were buying the psychoactive drug bezodiazepine.

Det Insp Eric Halford, of Blackburn CID, said the drugs, which were being sold in clear plastic snap bags with the image of a cannabis leaf on, had initially been bought over the internet.

He urged anybody with information about the pills to call police.

He said: “We have been called to two reports relating to these drugs in the past few days and the information we are being given about them is very worrying.

“We know that they are being sold illegally as benzodiazepine but our information indicates they may in fact contain ketamine.

“What is worrying about this is that if people who would normally take benzodiazepine take the same amount of these pills they are potentially going to overdose.

“We have had anecdotal reports of people who are regular users of benzodiazepine taking just a fraction of the amount of these pills and becoming very ill.

“I would always advocate people not to use any drugs other than those prescribed by a medical practitioner but that said, we are fully aware people do, so I would like to urge them to take increased care.

“I would especially urge people not to buy drugs over the internet or take anything they are not 100 per cent certain about the authenticity of.”

Symptoms include having difficultly waking up and being uncharacteristically aggressive after swallowing the ketamine-laced tablets.

Lancashire Telegraph’s medical expert Dr Tom Smith said somebody could be killed if they consumed ketamine.

He said: “Anyone who is selling ketamine illegally to people could actually be committing murder.

“It is a disgrace.

“The tablets will make you very, very drowsy. They could make you very nervy, could give you a tremor or an epileptic fit.

“They could make you unconscious and damage your liver. You could easily die with a very small number.

“Anybody who is taking pills and do not know what is in them is crazy.”

He advised anybody who believed they could have taken any of the tablets, which have been described as blue on the inside and white inside, to go straight to hospital.

Dr Tom said: “If you find that you are not reacting in the same way as you do with benzodiazepine, immediately go to accident and emergency.”

Benzodiazepine is often used legally to treat anxiety, insomnia, agitation, seizures, muscle spasms and alcohol withdrawal.

Ketamine can be used in humans as a sedative and as an anaesthetic. However they are also used in veterinary medicine.

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7:55am Sat 8 Feb 14

happycyclist says...

Natural selection in action again. The pushers are doing the gene pool a favour.
Natural selection in action again. The pushers are doing the gene pool a favour. happycyclist
  • Score: 15

9:14am Sat 8 Feb 14

Chuck-Norris says...

Should help save a few quid if the druggies crack on taking them
Should help save a few quid if the druggies crack on taking them Chuck-Norris
  • Score: 10

10:00am Sat 8 Feb 14

Manuel Hung says...

Blackburn people buying horse sedatives. I think we know where this is going don't we?
Blackburn people buying horse sedatives. I think we know where this is going don't we? Manuel Hung
  • Score: 7

10:07am Sat 8 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

Manuel Hung wrote:
Blackburn people buying horse sedatives. I think we know where this is going don't we?
Spot on Manuel, these perverts just can't help themselves, whatever happened to getting into a stable relationship before taking things to the next level?

Their just chomping at the bit to get their leg over.
[quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: Blackburn people buying horse sedatives. I think we know where this is going don't we?[/p][/quote]Spot on Manuel, these perverts just can't help themselves, whatever happened to getting into a stable relationship before taking things to the next level? Their just chomping at the bit to get their leg over. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 10

10:31am Sat 8 Feb 14

abetterblackburn says...

Whatever age you are you have to be really stupid to take any form of drugs. As thick as a plank really. Always a case of moving on to try something new down a very slippery slope. Those who are addicted to drugs who may be reading this will know full well of those dangers. Nothing new to all this of course. Way back in the 1960’s pills were taken as a way of belonging. Mods and rockers sort of thing. The only people taking hard drugs then such as heroin or cocaine were then referred to as ‘beatniks’. Nowadays hard drugs are traded very much like goods from a toffee shop. Now everything is so common and extremely harmful for those without the knowledge of knowing what they‘re taking.

Perhaps it’s all a part of growing up. But what must be realised is that drugs of any kind are not your friends and never will be. The people who sell them are the lowest form of scum on this earth. They will eventually kill you given the chance!
Whatever age you are you have to be really stupid to take any form of drugs. As thick as a plank really. Always a case of moving on to try something new down a very slippery slope. Those who are addicted to drugs who may be reading this will know full well of those dangers. Nothing new to all this of course. Way back in the 1960’s pills were taken as a way of belonging. Mods and rockers sort of thing. The only people taking hard drugs then such as heroin or cocaine were then referred to as ‘beatniks’. Nowadays hard drugs are traded very much like goods from a toffee shop. Now everything is so common and extremely harmful for those without the knowledge of knowing what they‘re taking. Perhaps it’s all a part of growing up. But what must be realised is that drugs of any kind are not your friends and never will be. The people who sell them are the lowest form of scum on this earth. They will eventually kill you given the chance! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 3

12:01pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

They rape horses in Blackburn don't they?
They rape horses in Blackburn don't they? Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: -2

12:51pm Sat 8 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

what is it with these druggies who just want to be totally zonked out of reality ? if their lives are that bad that this seems the best way to deal with it,,just get on with it and don,t come back from your drug crazed existence, society has enough problems without you sad bastards,
what is it with these druggies who just want to be totally zonked out of reality ? if their lives are that bad that this seems the best way to deal with it,,just get on with it and don,t come back from your drug crazed existence, society has enough problems without you sad bastards, noddy57
  • Score: 6

1:05pm Sat 8 Feb 14

TONY WALES says...

Can I place a bet .......£5 each way on that girl in Witherspoon's, the one sat in the corner last night?
Can I place a bet .......£5 each way on that girl in Witherspoon's, the one sat in the corner last night? TONY WALES
  • Score: -2

4:55pm Sat 8 Feb 14

rover95 says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
ce58
wrote:
They rape horses in Blackburn don't they?
Only the ones that look like your mum, you dirty dirty dingle
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: They rape horses in Blackburn don't they?[/p][/quote]Only the ones that look like your mum, you dirty dirty dingle rover95
  • Score: 2

4:56pm Sat 8 Feb 14

rover95 says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Manuel Hung wrote:
Blackburn people buying horse sedatives. I think we know where this is going don't we?
Spot on Manuel, these perverts just can't help themselves, whatever happened to getting into a stable relationship before taking things to the next level?

Their just chomping at the bit to get their leg over.
Just carry on bathing your sister you strange dingle.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: Blackburn people buying horse sedatives. I think we know where this is going don't we?[/p][/quote]Spot on Manuel, these perverts just can't help themselves, whatever happened to getting into a stable relationship before taking things to the next level? Their just chomping at the bit to get their leg over.[/p][/quote]Just carry on bathing your sister you strange dingle. rover95
  • Score: 1

5:02pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

rover95 wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
Manuel Hung wrote:
Blackburn people buying horse sedatives. I think we know where this is going don't we?
Spot on Manuel, these perverts just can't help themselves, whatever happened to getting into a stable relationship before taking things to the next level?

Their just chomping at the bit to get their leg over.
Just carry on bathing your sister you strange dingle.
I will do when I've finished bathing yours, I'm struggling though, imperial leather are having to.increase soap production she's that dirty.
[quote][p][bold]rover95[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: Blackburn people buying horse sedatives. I think we know where this is going don't we?[/p][/quote]Spot on Manuel, these perverts just can't help themselves, whatever happened to getting into a stable relationship before taking things to the next level? Their just chomping at the bit to get their leg over.[/p][/quote]Just carry on bathing your sister you strange dingle.[/p][/quote]I will do when I've finished bathing yours, I'm struggling though, imperial leather are having to.increase soap production she's that dirty. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -3

6:13pm Sat 8 Feb 14

East_lancs_lad says...

If they are willing to buy the stuff then let them suffer the consequences teach the smack heads a lesson just a pity public money and resources will be used to treat them
If they are willing to buy the stuff then let them suffer the consequences teach the smack heads a lesson just a pity public money and resources will be used to treat them East_lancs_lad
  • Score: 4

7:03pm Sat 8 Feb 14

cowabunga says...

Horse tranquilliser ! What is it about Blackburn and there obsession with horses ? And they have the brass neck to call the good folk of Burnley . ONLY in Blackburn .
Horse tranquilliser ! What is it about Blackburn and there obsession with horses ? And they have the brass neck to call the good folk of Burnley . ONLY in Blackburn . cowabunga
  • Score: -3

7:30pm Sat 8 Feb 14

CorkyMac says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
rover95 wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
Manuel Hung wrote:
Blackburn people buying horse sedatives. I think we know where this is going don't we?
Spot on Manuel, these perverts just can't help themselves, whatever happened to getting into a stable relationship before taking things to the next level?

Their just chomping at the bit to get their leg over.
Just carry on bathing your sister you strange dingle.
I will do when I've finished bathing yours, I'm struggling though, imperial leather are having to.increase soap production she's that dirty.
My God, better to appear stupid and uneducated than opening your mouth and confirming It. I actually feel as sorry for you as I do the ones taking the pills, In fact If your an advert for normality, I actually feel more sorry for you. What an Idiot, grow up and get some Insight and education before It's too late.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rover95[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: Blackburn people buying horse sedatives. I think we know where this is going don't we?[/p][/quote]Spot on Manuel, these perverts just can't help themselves, whatever happened to getting into a stable relationship before taking things to the next level? Their just chomping at the bit to get their leg over.[/p][/quote]Just carry on bathing your sister you strange dingle.[/p][/quote]I will do when I've finished bathing yours, I'm struggling though, imperial leather are having to.increase soap production she's that dirty.[/p][/quote]My God, better to appear stupid and uneducated than opening your mouth and confirming It. I actually feel as sorry for you as I do the ones taking the pills, In fact If your an advert for normality, I actually feel more sorry for you. What an Idiot, grow up and get some Insight and education before It's too late. CorkyMac
  • Score: 2

8:08pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Stone Island: says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Manuel Hung wrote:
Blackburn people buying horse sedatives. I think we know where this is going don't we?
Spot on Manuel, these perverts just can't help themselves, whatever happened to getting into a stable relationship before taking things to the next level?

Their just chomping at the bit to get their leg over.
Neigh! This has gone on furlong enough now!
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: Blackburn people buying horse sedatives. I think we know where this is going don't we?[/p][/quote]Spot on Manuel, these perverts just can't help themselves, whatever happened to getting into a stable relationship before taking things to the next level? Their just chomping at the bit to get their leg over.[/p][/quote]Neigh! This has gone on furlong enough now! Stone Island:
  • Score: 4

9:37pm Sat 8 Feb 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

Let them get on with it.

Who really cares?

If they are stupid enough, crack on!
Let them get on with it. Who really cares? If they are stupid enough, crack on! HelmshoreBoy
  • Score: 11

1:33am Sun 9 Feb 14

Darwen Malc says...

There is no war on drugs, otherwise drugs would be hard to get.
Those who do drugs, choose to do drugs, if they die through their use, so be it.
No loss of sleep here!!
There is no war on drugs, otherwise drugs would be hard to get. Those who do drugs, choose to do drugs, if they die through their use, so be it. No loss of sleep here!! Darwen Malc
  • Score: 3

9:58am Sun 9 Feb 14

Dr Martin says...

Darwen Malc wrote:
There is no war on drugs, otherwise drugs would be hard to get.
Those who do drugs, choose to do drugs, if they die through their use, so be it.
No loss of sleep here!!
agreed
[quote][p][bold]Darwen Malc[/bold] wrote: There is no war on drugs, otherwise drugs would be hard to get. Those who do drugs, choose to do drugs, if they die through their use, so be it. No loss of sleep here!![/p][/quote]agreed Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

10:21am Sun 9 Feb 14

DaveBurnley says...

Darwen Malc wrote:
There is no war on drugs, otherwise drugs would be hard to get.
Those who do drugs, choose to do drugs, if they die through their use, so be it.
No loss of sleep here!!
The trouble is that the normal people of this country, the non junkies have to pay to support these misfits.

They rarely work and subsidise their temporary short life by stealing, begging and scrounging off the state.

When they are ill they are cared for in hospitals, paid for by the long suffering taxpayers.



What can be done?

First, the junkies should be placed in residential secure places, where they can be weaned off their dependence on drugs. Teach them some skills so that they can work for a living, and get out of their downward spiral.

Secondly arrest the pushers, lock them in a prison and feed them the same poison that they have been selling. Keep increasing the dose until they exit their miserable existence.
[quote][p][bold]Darwen Malc[/bold] wrote: There is no war on drugs, otherwise drugs would be hard to get. Those who do drugs, choose to do drugs, if they die through their use, so be it. No loss of sleep here!![/p][/quote]The trouble is that the normal people of this country, the non junkies have to pay to support these misfits. They rarely work and subsidise their temporary short life by stealing, begging and scrounging off the state. When they are ill they are cared for in hospitals, paid for by the long suffering taxpayers. What can be done? First, the junkies should be placed in residential secure places, where they can be weaned off their dependence on drugs. Teach them some skills so that they can work for a living, and get out of their downward spiral. Secondly arrest the pushers, lock them in a prison and feed them the same poison that they have been selling. Keep increasing the dose until they exit their miserable existence. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 3

2:52pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Hi Dave
Some great/funny posts in here and it's a subject all the Dingles will have a field day, but on a serious not I agree with both of you, my worry is the sentences we give out in this country are far to lenient, these pushers of death to our youngsters should have set punishment, say twenty years without parole and maybe just maybe this would send out the right message, otherwise the reward is far greater than the recent punishments.
Hi Dave Some great/funny posts in here and it's a subject all the Dingles will have a field day, but on a serious not I agree with both of you, my worry is the sentences we give out in this country are far to lenient, these pushers of death to our youngsters should have set punishment, say twenty years without parole and maybe just maybe this would send out the right message, otherwise the reward is far greater than the recent punishments. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 4

3:41pm Sun 9 Feb 14

DaveBurnley says...

Hi Lancs - pensioner! I'm a fellow pensioner too, over my lifetime I've seen the damage that drugs do, and I'm sick of the lenient sentences given out to the dealers.

I'd like to see a lot more real help given to the drug takers. They've got into a downward spiral and really need support to get them out of it. They should be given all possible support to get out of the pit they are in, and back into a real life.

As for the drug dealers, I think that 20 years is far too lenient, They aren't fit to live so just put them down like dogs. They don't care about others, so why bother about them?
Hi Lancs - pensioner! I'm a fellow pensioner too, over my lifetime I've seen the damage that drugs do, and I'm sick of the lenient sentences given out to the dealers. I'd like to see a lot more real help given to the drug takers. They've got into a downward spiral and really need support to get them out of it. They should be given all possible support to get out of the pit they are in, and back into a real life. As for the drug dealers, I think that 20 years is far too lenient, They aren't fit to live so just put them down like dogs. They don't care about others, so why bother about them? DaveBurnley
  • Score: 9

12:03am Mon 10 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

DaveBurnley wrote:
Hi Lancs - pensioner! I'm a fellow pensioner too, over my lifetime I've seen the damage that drugs do, and I'm sick of the lenient sentences given out to the dealers.

I'd like to see a lot more real help given to the drug takers. They've got into a downward spiral and really need support to get them out of it. They should be given all possible support to get out of the pit they are in, and back into a real life.

As for the drug dealers, I think that 20 years is far too lenient, They aren't fit to live so just put them down like dogs. They don't care about others, so why bother about them?
Hi Dave, whilst I agree 100% with your comments the do gooders of this world join up with the PC people and the Human rights brigade so what chance have we the ordinary working class people have?
I'm for the first time voting for UKIP in the next election hoping the real people in the real world will get a voice of what we think!!
[quote][p][bold]DaveBurnley[/bold] wrote: Hi Lancs - pensioner! I'm a fellow pensioner too, over my lifetime I've seen the damage that drugs do, and I'm sick of the lenient sentences given out to the dealers. I'd like to see a lot more real help given to the drug takers. They've got into a downward spiral and really need support to get them out of it. They should be given all possible support to get out of the pit they are in, and back into a real life. As for the drug dealers, I think that 20 years is far too lenient, They aren't fit to live so just put them down like dogs. They don't care about others, so why bother about them?[/p][/quote]Hi Dave, whilst I agree 100% with your comments the do gooders of this world join up with the PC people and the Human rights brigade so what chance have we the ordinary working class people have? I'm for the first time voting for UKIP in the next election hoping the real people in the real world will get a voice of what we think!! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 4

12:08pm Mon 10 Feb 14

richard says...

"Benzodiazepine" is not a drug, it's a class of drugs, examples being xanax, librium, valium and so on. They have many valid uses. The problem here is that people are self-medicating but getting something unexpected. It's hard to take these comments seriously when not one mentions this.

CAKE IS A MADE UP DRUG
"Benzodiazepine" is not a drug, it's a class of drugs, examples being xanax, librium, valium and so on. They have many valid uses. The problem here is that people are self-medicating but getting something unexpected. It's hard to take these comments seriously when not one mentions this. CAKE IS A MADE UP DRUG richard
  • Score: -1

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