Strathclyde Police issue 'Rockstar' drug warning after 7 are hospitalised
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 18:33 GMT on Sunday 3rd March, 2013. Updated at 18:42. 
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Strathclyde Police has issued a warning to the public and drug users about the dangers of a potentially deadly substance that is known to be circulating in the Lanarkshire area.

This particular drug is responsible for a number of young people becoming seriously ill over the weekend.

The red or yellow coloured tablets are being sold as ecstasy. They are known as “Rockstar”, and normally have a star impression on them.

The exact contents of the pills are unknown but they could, from past experience, contain a cocktail of different substances. Over the weekend, 7 people have been hospitalised in the Lanarkshire area after suffering adverse reactions to these pills. All 7 have since left hospital.

Strathclyde Police is continuing to work with its partner agencies including health officials and medical staff in connection with this investigation.

Chief Inspector Fraser Lamb of Strathclyde Police said: “These substances are unreliable, unpredictable and potentially very dangerous. Users may believe that they have taken ecstasy, and it is very likely that they will suffer from a significant negative reaction. Symptoms reported recently include increased heart rate, elevated core temperature and seizures.

“These pills are not covered by any form of quality control and this is supported by past forensic analysis. Users need to be aware of the dangers and understand the potentially devastating effect these pills can have on their health.

“We are continuing to take this matter extremely seriously and extensive police enquiries are ongoing to establish the source of these drugs and every effort is being made to track down and arrest those responsible for selling these drugs as quickly as possible. Additional patrols have been deployed in the Lanarkshire area.”

Detective Sergeant Michael Miller of Strathclyde Police said: “Our advice is consistent. Drugs bought from the illicit market can be dangerous. I would strongly advise people to avoid such pills and report any information to the police or by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Updated at 18.42: 

The tablets look like this [Picture by Choices4Life]:

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