- Pokemon-shaped ecstacy tablets are now being sold amid the popularity of Pokemon Go
- It was disclosed that the shape is used to entice people, particularly the youth
- The dangerous tablets are on sale for less than a pound
Dangerous Pokemon-shaped ecstasy tablets are reportedly on sale for less than a pound, enticing the youth to buy using its cute appearance as the Pokemon Go app is still the hottest game and has the attention of many people online.
In an article written by Scott Hesketh of Mirror, it was disclosed that super-strength pills laced with ecstasy and the drug 2CB are being made in Dutch factories, then smuggled in bulk via encrypted “dark net” drugs markets. Dealers pay with the anonymous online bitcoin currency and make huge profits by selling tablets at £5 apiece. With this, the streets are now flooded with these Class A drugs.
The tablets were made attractive to youngsters by molding them into the shape of “Pikachu”; one of the main characters in Pokemon.
However, despite having a cute appearance, the tablets are dangerous and even deadly. To note, the Pikachu pills containing 210mg of ecstasy is dangerously above the recommended safe dose.
What’s more alarming, on the other hand, is the number of pills sold.
“There are hundreds of thousands of these pills being pressed in Holland and Germany and shipped. Chances of them being intercepted are pretty slim. Sell them for a fiver a go and you make a wedge. There’s massive demand. Pills are back in a big way,” a source noted.
Pokemon Go is built on Niantic’s Real World Gaming Platform and will use real locations to encourage players to search for Pokemons in the real world.
“Pokemon Go allows you to find and catch more than a hundred species of Pokemon as you explore your surroundings. The Pokemon video game series has used real-world locations such as the Hokkaido and Kanto regions of Japan, New York, and Paris as inspiration for the fantasy settings in which its games take place. In Pokemon Go, the real world will be the setting!” it was stated on Pokemon’s website.