Monday 29 December 2014

Death toll from lethal ecstasy tablets rises to 11

Tom Brady Security Editor

Published 09/06/2014 | 02:30

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ELEVEN young people are now feared to have died from taking lethal ecstasy tablets over the past two years.

The toll increased after toxicology tests confirmed that a 23-year-old man, who became ill after being arrested and placed in a garda van in north Kildare last month, had taken the PMMA substance.

The Garda Ombudsman Commission was called in to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the man, who had been detained for an alleged public order offence in Maynooth.

Unresponsive

He was placed in a garda van and taken to Leixlip station for questioning. But when the van arrived at Leixlip, he was unresponsive and an ambulance was called.

He was taken to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown where he was later pronounced dead.

Initial tests had suggested that he had taken cocaine and amphetamines, but further toxicology inquiries have now established he was another victim of PMMA, a substance that causes severe agitation, extremely rapid heart rate and very high temperatures.

A definite link has been established between six fatalities and ecstasy tablets, known on the streets as Green Apples or Green Rolex because of their logos.

But at least five other deaths are also thought to have been caused by taking the tablets.

Irish Independent

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