Court is told: ‘ West of Scot­land is awash with drugs’

The Oban Times - - News -

DE­TEC­TIVE Con­sta­ble Greig Bax­ter said that the drug eti­zo­lam is com­ing into Scot­land mainly from In­dia and China, and is one of a num­ber of dif­fer­ent com­pounds sim­i­lar to di­azepam.

The tablets have a street value of be­tween 50 pence and £1 each and are fre­quently used along­side heroin. Other vari­a­tions are phenazepam and dis­clazepam

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Bax­ter said: ‘No- one knows what they are buy­ing; some­times the tablets con­tain noth­ing; oth­ers just caf­feine. ‘The west coast of Scot­land is awash with them. ‘Eti­zo­lam causes ma­jor is­sues.’ The tablets are used by heroin ad­dicts to lessen the af­ter ef­fects of heroin. It has been preva­lent since 2013.

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