Fears have emerged this week that the deadly version of ecstasy laced with poison may be on sale in Dundalk.
Concerns have been raised that the lethal brown powder and similar substances are available in Dundalk.
The dangerous drug claimed the lives on two young men in Co. Cork last week.
“I was at a house party this week and there was some people who had some type of drug,” a party goer told the Democrat, “I watched the news around the drugs that killed the men in Cork and it looked similar to the drug being described.
“I overheard somebody saying that the drug would give anybody a huge boost,” the source added.
Meanwhile, the HSE gave a detailed description of the deadly substance and asked health workers to keep “vigilant.”
The powder contains Methylamphetamine, MDMA ecstasy and Paramethoxymethamphetamine, PMMA.
PMMA, a known toxic amphetamine, has already been responsible for a number of deaths in the US.
Health officials say that MDMA users will not be able to tell the difference between ‘regular’ ecstasy and this deadlier variation of the popular club drug.
A Dundalk garda spokesperson advised people not to consume any drugs, particular young people.
“Searches are ongoing for this certain drug, but as always we would advise that nobody should take drugs. We urge young people not to experiment with any drugs also. This drug is of huge concern to us.”
Doctors have said that there is difficulties in treating victims of these unfamiliar drugs and how laboratories in Ireland don’t have the technology to identify them and that if someone gets into difficulty after consuming a substance it is critically important to get help immediately.