Drugs advisory service Motiv8 and the police have issued advice in the wake of a 16-year-old Peel girl overdosing on prescription drugs.
Police inspector Derek Flint said: ‘The advice is simple, don’t take prescription drugs that aren’t prescribed to you.
‘Like any drug misuse, it goes on, and it’s potentially a harder issue to nail down because they’re usually small quantities and can be shared between families and friends easily.’
A teenager from Peel was taken to hospital after taking a suspected overdose of prescription drugs. Police have not yet said which drug they think she took.
Josie Waldrum, of Motiv8 Addiction Services, formerly the Alcohol Advisory Service, which now also deals with drug addiction, said: ‘There is a worrying trend of people using prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication inappropriately. We would like to remind people that prescription drugs can be dangerous to take if people have no medical reason to do so.
‘Many drugs when taken with alcohol can be very dangerous, especially depressant drugs such as benzodiazepines, as alcohol is also a depressant.
‘Some warning signs that a person could be getting into difficulty after taking prescription drugs could be, laboured breathing, excessive drowsiness, inability to concentrate or even becoming unconscious.
‘Another thing to bear in mind is that it is illegal to take someone else’s prescription medication or to sell or give your own away.’
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