Teenager al­most dies af­ter tak­ing ‘Wild Cat’

IN­CI­DENTS IN­VOLV­ING HEAD SHOP SUB­STANCES ON THE RISE

Bray People - - NEWS - Mary FOG­A­RTY

A BRAY TEENAGER went into a vi­o­lent seizure that lasted over half an hour last Thurs­day night when she took ‘Wild Cat’, a sub­stance com­monly snorted through the nose to pro­duce a ‘le­gal high’.

Paramedics told the 17-yearold’s mother that her daugh­ter was close to death when she was taken to Lough­lin­stown Hospi­tal where doc­tors fought for three hours to save her. That in­ci­dent was fol­lowed later on Fri­day when two men in their 20s were brought by am­bu­lance from a seafront ho­tel to hospi­tal, also be­cause of tak­ing mer­chan­dise from Head Shops.

‘They were suf­fer­ing from chest pains, (had) trou­ble breath­ing and pins and nee­dles,’ said a HSE em­ployee.

An am­bu­lance worker said in­ci­dents in­volv­ing peo­ple us­ing sub­stances from Head Shops were ‘get­ting more and more reg­u­lar in the Bray area’.

A staff mem­ber at Nir­vana in Bray said that ‘Wild Cat was taken off the mar­ket last week’, when a Bray Peo­ple ?re­porter made en­quiries in­store about the sub­stance. He did not ex­plain why the shop had taken this action.

The 17-year-old girl had been out drink­ing with her friends then sit­ting in a friend’s car with the group where she took the pow­der.

Her older sis­ter brought her home be­fore mid­night on Thurs­day. She col­lapsed and suf­fered a fit – jerk­ing her limbs around and froth­ing at the mouth.

‘We could only see the whites of her eyes,’ said her dis­traught mother, adding that it took the strength of paramedics, her part­ner and her son to get the un­con­scious girl into the am­bu­lance.

‘They told me she was close to death,’ she said, de­scrib­ing how a team of doc­tors a t Lough­lin - s t own hos­pit a l worke d to save her life over three hours.

‘I thought she was drunk when she first came in,’ said her mum. ‘Her eyes were on stalks and I asked her if she’d taken some­thing. She was dis­tressed and pan­ick­ing.’

She said that she thought her daugh­ter would die. ‘She is lucky to be alive,’ said the re­lieved mother. ‘They are un­der the im­pres­sion that be­cause th­ese drugs are le­gal they won’t do them any harm. Some­one’s child is go­ing to die. It could have been my child.’ A crack­down on sub­stances is un­der­way with a num­ber of psy­choac­tive sub­stances hav­ing been added to the con­trolled list of sub­stances un­der the Mis­use of Drugs Act. The ban will take ef­fect in June. Wild Cat con­tains mephedrone, which was be­ing sold through head shops as ‘bath salts’. It was be­ing used as a sub­sti­tute for co­caine.

Side ef­fects can in­clude anx­i­ety, para­noia and psy­chosis. The use of mephedrone has been linked to two deaths in Swe­den.

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