September 14, 2008

Banned Drug Still on Sale

A DRUG that put three Irish people in hospital is still for sale in shops.

Clubbers take BZP - benzylpiperazine - to get a rush similar to ecstasy.

BZP is already illegal in New Zealand, America, the UK, and Australia, and the EU voted to ban it in March.

Despite this the drug - originally developed as a worming medicine to kill parasites in animals - is still legally on sale across Ireland.

The pills, with names such as XXX, Frenzy and Silver Bullets, can cause vomiting, insomnia, memory loss and even, allegedly, insanity.

Last month three young men were rushed to Cork hospital two days after taking the pills.

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