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UK tourists warned over new 'pink cocaine' drug that killed 14-year-old boy 'like a bomb'

UK tourists warned over new 'pink cocaine' drug that killed 14-year-old boy 'like a bomb'

A new BBC documentary looks into the party drug

The weather is supposedly getting better, the beer gardens are booming again and the group chats have finally made plans – holiday season is upon us.

And while you might be trying out something different like the ‘Maldives of Europe’ or the ‘new’ versions, other Brits will be flocking to Ibiza for their usual party holiday.

But UK tourists have been issued a warning over the ‘pink cocaine’ drug that killed a 14-year-old boy and is ‘like a bomb’.

In February, a 14-year-old boy identified only as Ryan died after drinking Red Bull spiked with two grams of the party drug.

His parents claim he and two mates met up with strangers they connected with on social media and he had no idea his drink contained the narcotic.

An expert told the Sun: “The effects are like a bomb.”

Pink cocaine features in the new Zara McDermott-hosted BBC documentary, Ibiza: Secrets of the Party Island, which explores what makes the place ‘tick’ from ‘superclubs to undercover cops’.

Pink Cocaine is a party drug. (BBC)
Pink Cocaine is a party drug. (BBC)

During the four-part series, McDermott helps police uncover a bag of pink cocaine thrown into bushes by a dealer.

Plus, the former Love Island star even sits down with a drugs boss who tells her dealers can make a whopping £43,000 a day from the stuff during the summer.

Pink cocaine is marketed as the ‘drug of the elite’ with a ‘pretty’ pink dye. But many actually refer to it as ‘dealers leftovers’ as experts warn it is a cheap mix of other drugs, typically ecstasy and ketamine.

And it’s not the biggest secret on the party streets of Ibiza, as McDermott speaks of her own experiences coming across it.

“When I post I am in Ibiza, I’ve actually had people posting and offering me drugs. It is interesting how people are using social media to sell drugs,” she says. “It is not just something you find down a back alley, it is on your Instagram.

“Everyone knows drugs exist everywhere and are somewhat part of Ibiza culture, but having been sat in the back of a police car, learning… street dealers are making huge amounts of money because they are taking the risk.”

McDermott hosts the new documentary. (BBC/Summer Films)
McDermott hosts the new documentary. (BBC/Summer Films)

Spanish authorities are warning of the health risks of the drug, including blurred vision, anxiety, heart problems, strokes and panic attacks.

A police source told the Majorca Daily Bulletin: ‘It’s so powerful that it causes severe hypertension and can lead to heart failure. It’s a bomb because it is ecstasy and amphetamines in powder form.

"People don’t know what they are consuming.’

Ibiza: Secrets of the Party Island is available to stream on BBC iPlayer and episode three airs on BBC Three at 9pm on Sunday 28 April.

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Featured Image Credit: Guardia Civil/BBC

Topics: Drugs, BBC, Health, Travel, UK News