Monday, June 8, 2009

New Street Drug in Scotland: Quetiapine/ Seroquel

The Scottish Sunday Mail
Drug addicts getting high on mental health pills
Jun 7 2009 Norman Silvester

"JUNKIES are popping pills used to treat schizophrenia patients."
"Heroin and cocaine addicts are buying Quetiapine (Seroquel) tablets prescribed for mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder.

"Detective Sergeant Kenny Simpson, of Strathclyde Police, said: 'Any abuse of this type is dangerous and it cannot be controlled.'"

Read the full report here.

“Some addicts even feign mental illness to get the drug, which sells on the streets for around £5 a tablet."

Can Drug Addicts sue for side effects? Interesting point.

Prison too:

“The Scottish Sunday Mail was also told the drug is being abused in jails, with inmates faking symptoms to get the pills.
“The Scottish Prison Service deny there is a problem but admit Seroquel is prescribed to inmates.
“They said: ‘It is a drug that prisoners have access to.’”

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