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Dublin's illegal trade in sleeping tablets and painkillers


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Dublin's new drug dealers: 'I never thought I would be doing this' | World news | The Guardian

In her grey hooded jacket, gold hooped earrings and dyed black hair, grandmother Sandra* stands out among the young emaciated heroin addicts in central Dublin.

Across the road from the Abbey theatre, a group of young men knock back brown medicine bottles of "phi", a mix of liquid methadone.

One of them, a young bearded man in a Dublin Gaelic football team track top, comes forward hobbling on a crutch. A heroin drought in the city has left him desperate for drugs to help him sleep. Money is exchanged and Sandra hands over a blister pack of tablets. More......
Dublin's illegal trade in sleeping tablets and painkillers

• €20 (£17) can buy 10 tablets.

• The two most popular drugs are Zopiclone and Zimovane.

• The drugs, which are highly powerful painkillers and sleeping tablets, are used to help addicts sleep and numb pain, especially during heroin "droughts".

• The tablets are smuggled from Pakistan and China via Europe. Some are re-packaged in countries such as Croatia and Germany.


very sad...
• Sellers can earn up to €500 euros per week.
 

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There's not many on this site who'd give two hoots about these unfortunates. They hit the central locking once they cross the Grand Canal.
 
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Where the hell are they getting Physeptone / Methadone from, I'd like to know. That stuff is only handed out in one dose lots at chemists and medical centres and has to be drunk on the spot.

So now not only have we illegal selling of sleepers and opiates, but obviously someone is selling bottles of Phy/Methadone (street name Soup) from an official source.

On rare occasions Methadone is handed over in larger doses known as "takeaways" for people going on holiday and that, but that is supposed to be strictly registered.
 

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Where the hell are they getting Physeptone / Methadone from, I'd like to know. That stuff is only handed out in one dose lots at chemists and medical centres and has to be drunk on the spot.

So now not only have we illegal selling of sleepers and opiates, but obviously someone is selling bottles of Phy/Methadone (street name Soup) from an official source.

On rare occasions Methadone is handed over in larger doses known as "takeaways" for people going on holiday and that, but that is supposed to be strictly registered.
I dont think chemists are handing out... few years back i broke me shoulder went to see doctor, he got me prescription pain killers. After months i went i chemist witout prescription they refused outright. Even i shop their for odd shampoo.

As the article points out they are smuggled from China and Pakistan etc.
 
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• The two most popular drugs are Zopiclone and Zimovane.
Zopiclone and Zimovane are the same drug (Sorry to be pedantic). It's highly easy to abuse. In May 2009 around one million Zopiclone tabletss stored in 17 25L drums were stolen from a warehouse in Baldoyle in North Dublin the week before last. I'd say it's still on the street.

I dont think chemists are handing out... few years back i broke me shoulder went to see doctor, he got me prescription pain killers. After months i went i chemist witout prescription they refused outright. Even i shop their for odd shampoo.

As the article points out they are smuggled from China and Pakistan etc.
That's the law. You need a prescription to get meds and it needs to have been issued at the latest six months previously.

They can give you an emergency supply you by request of a Doctor (who needs to send in a prescription at most 72 hours later and it can only be 3 days supply) or by request of the patient (in which case the pharmacist will have to question the patient to how bad the emergency is and it's only really done for things like asthma inhalers or seizure medication).
In both cases emergency supply requests are refused if it's a drug listed in any one of the schedules in the 1988 Misuse of Drugs act.
 
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