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Article date - 07 September 2017
Event goers are reminded that:
Users of ecstasy locally have been reporting a number of adverse effects including extreme agitation, paranoia, numbness, shaking and feelings of being unwell for several days.
New tablets available have branding and bright colours that can appeal to young people in particular. But varying production methods mean that two tablets that look similar may cause very different effects, they can often be mixed with other potent substances or variations of MDMA and users won’t be able to predict the effect it will have until they have taken them.
For those planning to drink alcohol, it is advised that you eat well and not drink large quantities of alcohol, known as 'pre-loading,' before going out; to drink alcohol in moderation by having some non-alcoholic drinks throughout the event – and not to leave any drinks unattended.
St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Councillor Gill Neal said: “To everyone attending Reminisce this weekend, I hope you have a fantastic time.
“Events like this are a great social occasion, but it’s important to stress the dangers of recreational drug taking and drinking too much alcohol which some event goers may be at risk of.
“The effects of drugs can be extremely unpredictable, and therefore simply not worth the risk. While drinking too much alcohol can leave people in a vulnerable position so I’d urge event goers to drink in moderation, at their own pace, and stay together to ensure that they get home safely.
“If anyone does have any questions regarding drugs and alcohol, members of the St Helens Integrated Recovery Service will be on hand to offer support and advice –and there will be a police presence to make sure the day is a safe and enjoyable one.”
For more information about any drugs or alcohol, you can contact the St Helens Integrated Recovery Service, Change, Grow Live, by calling 01744 410752 or the St Helens Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAAT) on 01744 675605.
Young people, parents and anyone with concerns can also access further information by visiting www.sthelens.gov.uk/ypdaat
You can also visit the Talk to FRANK website for more information on drugs. http://www.talktofrank.com/