‘Mastercard’ ecstasy drug on sale in Sheffield

By Lewis Evans

The ‘MasterCard’ ecstasy pill responsible for the death of a 17-year-old girl in Manchester has been found on sale in Sheffield.

Sheffield DACT (Drugs and Alcohol Co-ordination Team) has today issued a warning regarding the presence of a deadly strain of ecstasy pills in Sheffield.

The ecstasy tablets, which are said to be a lot stronger than other strains, have recently been in the national media following the death of Faye Allen, 17, from Liverpool, who fell ill and died shortly after taking one of the pills on Monday 2 May.

Sheffield DACT have received alerts identifying the presence of the pills, based on attempts by Sheffield residents to contact substance misuse services.    

Users have reported that the pills have been much stronger than expected, which has resulted in them contacting the service due to adverse effects they’ve experienced.

DACT has perceived the risk to be high enough to circulate the warning through drug alert systems across the city.

In addition, DACT has been alerted to the presence of NPS or ‘Spice, which is a synthetic drug and has similar effects to that of crack cocaine.

DACT are urging potential users to be highly cautious and advise people not to use the drugs if they’re uncertain of the effects.

If anyone has become ill due to the use of these drugs then please call 999 and request an ambulance immediately.

If you wish to speak to someone about your drug use and to seek support then contact The Opiate Service at 0114 305 0500.

Euan Antona

Second year Journalism Student at the University of Sheffield. @EuanAntona

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