Lethal new psychoactive substance

Jersey's Alcohol and Drug Service say a fatal new drug, currently available in Jersey, is one of the most dangerous synthetic drugs they have seen.

Islanders are being warned against taking a potentially fatal new drug currently available in Jersey.

CHIMINACA has similar effects to cannabis but authorities say it is a hundred times stronger.

It has been linked to several recent deaths in Europe and people being hospitalised in Jersey.

The drug has very severe adverse effects, both physically and mentally, it can cause heart attacks, raises you blood pressure, causes seizures. It also makes people very paranoid and psychotic so it's a very dangerous drug and we advise people to avoid using this drug.

– MICHAEL GAFOOR, DIRECTOR OF THE ALCOHOL AND DRUG SERVICE

A warning is being issued about the potentially fatal 'new psychoactive substance' known as CHMICA or CHMINACA.

Jersey's Alcohol and Drugs Service and the police are worried the drug could be available on the islands' streets.

We are told the drug has similar effects to cannabis but is one hundred times stronger.

It has been linked to deaths in Europe but there are no known deaths in Jersey.

The drug can cause convulsions, raised blood pressure, heart attacks and psychoses.

This is one of the most dangerous synthetic cannabinoids that we have seen in Jersey so far because of the unpredictable and potentially fatal effects it can have.

– MICHAEL GAFOOR, DIRECTOR OF THE ALCOHOL AND DRUG SERVICE

Anyone who has used the drug is advised to seek medical help.