A PROMINENT Limerick pharmacist has issued a warning to parents about the effects of the potentially lethal street drug Crystal Meth.
Former president of the Irish Pharmacy Union Marie Hogan has echoed a warning issued by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland earlier this week.
The warning was issued after it emerged criminal elements may be buying large quantities of common cough bottles for use in the manufacture of Crystal Meth.
Tablets like Sudafed contain Pseudoephedrine which can be used in the manufacture of the drugs, which garda sources say is “instantly addictive” when smoked.
Marie Hogan, who operates a pharmacy at Upper William Street, says she has already been in contact with the gardai over suspicious buying patterns.
“We did alert to a couple of people who came in and looked for double packs - two packs - of the substance, we alerted the drugs squad and I have to say they were excellent they were so quick to react to the case,” she said.
Suspicious buying patterns have also been reported in other parts of the country in recent months and a dedicated operation has been established by the Garda national drugs unit.
The Limerick Leader has learned that Crystal Meth, which can be manufactured in a home-made lab, is not regarded as a major problem in Limerick at present.
“We are not seizing it on the streets of the city,” said one garda source who warned that Cystal Meth can cause “mahem” if it becomes widely available in any particular location.
Marie Hogan says it is a potentially-lethal drug.
“This is one of those drugs that people may see as a harmless social drug but it is far from that and particularly at a time of year when you have young students starting college or maybe going back to college and mixing with new friends,” she said.
“People might decide to experiment with something and might just feel a bit interested and intrigued but the possible dangers of this are huge, there have been reports of deaths,” she added.
Pharmacists have been advised to control the location and storage of certain cough medicines as a precaution.