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Meth health risks and mortality rates is concerning: Police

The Fiji Police says there has been an increased mortality rate for meth users around the country, and is calling on those who intend to use the drug to refrain from it.

It is also appealing for information in relation to drugs being sold and  distribute in local communities.

Police says the general populace must refrain from using methamphetamine because of the high health risks associated with the drug currently circulating in the country that has resulted in increased mortality rates.

Assistant Commissioner of Police – Crime Mesake Waqa said the Force is taking the recent seizures of methamphetamine in the West and Southern divisions seriously, and members of the public must remember that methamphetamine use can result in a variety of adverse outcomes, including death.

Waqa also said that tests have indicated presence of other cutting agents which poses high health risks to users.

He said Police is concerned with the health risk associated in the production of this synthetic drug which is the final product of a chemical process involving various chemical compounds, some of which are dangerous and yet local dealers are exploiting the vulnerable and other users for financial gain.

ACP Waqa said methamphetamine is a stimulant that speeds up the body’s system in the form of a pill or powder.

He said crystal methamphetamine resembles glass fragments and is an illegally altered version of the prescription drug that is cooked with over-the-counter drugs in meth labs.

Waqa said methamphetamine is highly addictive causing agitation, increased heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, body temperature, anxiety and paranoia and high doses may cause convulsions, cardiovascular collapse, stroke or even death.

“If you have any information regarding drugs being sold, manufactured or cultivated in your community, then please contact Crime Stoppers Hotline on 919,” he said.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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