A ‘new’ form of deadly drug has sparked an email alert at secondary schools.
A warning has been sent out to teachers across the Fylde coast after ‘an increase of users’ in Fleetwood injecting speed processed into liquid form.
This new product has caused one known user to have a serious infection which required surgery
The substance is formally known as amphetamine and has proven to be fatal.
In a warning seen by The Gazette, Sgt Gary Tunstall from the police force’s West Division Early Action Team said users are processing the drug by turning it into stone-sized chunks and crushing them into an injectable form.
“This new product has caused one known user to have a serious infection which required surgery,” Sgt Tunstall said.
“Drug services in Fleetwood have seen an increase in cases where amphetamines are causing lumps and bumps in people’s arms and legs where it is solidifying if they are able to get it out of the syringe.
“The amphetamine is said to be of good quality.”
As well as putting a strain on users’ hearts, speed has been known to kill when mixed with anti-depressants or alcohol.
It can also lead to anxiety, depression, aggression, paranoia, and mental illness, including delusions.
When it is injected, speed is even more dangerous, drugs charity Talk to Frank said.
“Speed is usually very impure, so it’s not just the amphetamine that goes into your bloodstream,” it said.
“Injecting can also cause damage to veins and arteries.”