Pricey Vi­a­gra leaves stu­dents hard-up SEX PILL DEAL­ERS TAR­GET DRUNKEN TEENS

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ EX­CLU­SIVE by JOE HIN­TON sun­day@dai­

DRUG deal­ers are tar­get­ing frisky “fresh­ers” stu­dents with Vi­a­gra.

Gangs buy the bed­room boost­ing tablets on the cheap and sell them on at pumped-up prices.

And street sell­ers have made par­ty­mad lads their top tar­get.

We spoke to one dealer in Sal­ford, Lancs, who said he had been hang­ing around stu­dent bars look­ing for po­ten­tial buy­ers.

He showed us a batch of 200 100mg Vi­a­gras – part of a huge ship­ment from Europe.

The dealer said: “I get these for less than a pound a pill and usu­ally sell them for a fiver a go. But to stu­dents who don’t re­ally know the prices they go for a ten­ner.

“All you need is a group of p **** d stu­dents out for a bit of skirt and you’ve got your mar­ket.

“Fresh­ers week, when all these youngsters are away from home for the first time sh ****** any­thing in sight, is a time when we make a killing.

“There’s a few of us work­ing across bars in Manch­ester and Liver­pool.

“They’re all out on the p*** so we will just sell them in­side or out­side the bars.

“What we’re try­ing to do is re­cruit some stu­dents who’ll sell them on cam­pus, and there’s a few irons in the fire on that score.

“They can make some re­ally good money.”

He said stu­dents tend to al­ready be high on other drugs such as co­caine or ec­stasy when they buy Vi­a­gra. He added: “A lot of them want to be able to get it up but are too off their heads. They get a Vi­a­gra to help them along.” But doc­tors are warn­ing they risk end­ing up in a hos­pi­tal bed by tak­ing the Vi­a­gra cock­tail. It could leave some randy rev­ellers with scar­ring to their pe­nis and even bat­tling im­po­tence in the fu­ture. Dr Ge­off Hack­ett, for­mer chief of the Bri­tish So­ci­ety of Sex­ual Medicine, said: “The risk as a re­sult of Vi­a­gra alone is al­most non-ex­is­tent. “But as the drugs be­come cheaper, there is a chance peo­ple are more likely to ex­ceed the rec­om­mended dose.”

Vi­a­gra man­u­fac­turer Pfizer warns that the drug should not be taken un­less rec­om­mended by a doc­tor. Uni­ver­sity chiefs are al­ready wor­ried about drug use among stu­dents.

Joana Burns, a 22-year-old Sh­effield Hal­lam stu­dent, inset, died in June af­ter tak­ing ec­stasy dur­ing a night out at a pop­u­lar bar.

Si­mon Fin­ney, strate­gic com­mis­sion­ing man­ager at the uni­ver­sity, said: “We need to look at whether we’re giv­ing out the right mes­sages to the right peo­ple, and whether that’s be­ing done of­ten enough.”

The Daily Star Sun­day re­vealed in March that some randy rev­ellers were tak­ing the drug “Sex­tasy” – a po­tent mix of ec­stasy and Vi­a­gra.

It was in­vented to counter the pas­sionkilling ef­fects of MDMA – the chem­i­cal name for ec­stasy.

The blue tablets were be­ing made in Hol­land and Ger­many then smug­gled here in bulk.

Pills were be­ing sold on the black mar­ket and then on­line for as lit­tle as £3 each.

■ FRISKY: Fresh­ers on a night out in Liver­pool last week

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