Police are asking parents in the Glenrothes area to be vigilant following reports of the circulation of ecstasy in the area.
A small number of high school children in the area are believed to have taken the substance or been present when the substance was taken.
The matter was raised to us and a man was detained today (Friday, September 22) at an address in Muirfield Drive, Glenrothes, in connection with theses reports.
Members of the public are asked to be aware that some of the tablets may still be in circulation the Glenrothes area and to bear in mind the health implications if consumed.
Police are asking parents to engage with their children and report any information on the sale of drugs in their community to local officers.
Sergeant Chris Mutter of Glenrothes Police Station, said: “The effects of ecstasy can be extreme and the consumption of this drug should be avoided at all costs.
“My message to the public is to stay vigilant and report any information on the sale of drugs in their community to police on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers.
“I would urge anyone who has taken the tablet and who feels unwell, or knows anyone who appears unwell after taking the substance, to please seek medical treatment as soon as possible.”
Ian Bease of NHS Fife’s Community Safety lead said: “Illegal drug taking at any age can cause serious health problems, but the danger can increase quite dramatically for youths.
“Using Ecstasy (MDMA) can lead to numerous health risks. The first problem is that it’s impossible to tell how pure Ecstasy being supplied will be, which makes it extremely difficult to work out what harm it could lead to. Using Ecstasy is likely to raise your heart rate, which can be extremely dangerous. It can make your jaw feel tight and you can become anxious, paranoid or frightened.
“Frequent use can lead to physical health problems with your major organs. Should any young person be found to be suffering from the effects of drug taking, we would urge medical help to be sought immediately.”
Carrie Lindsay, Fife’s Council’s Executive Director of Education & Children’s Services, said: “We support the message of our partners that local people should report any information on the sale of drugs in their community to police on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers.
“We continue to work with our partners to raise awareness of the risks of children and young people taking unknown substances.
“In our schools we deliver messages about staying safe and making informed choices, and staff remain vigilant to information on the use or circulation of illegal substances in local communities.”
Anyone with health concerns is advised to contact NHS 24 via 111 or call 999 in an emergency.