POLICE have issued warnings about ‘yellow octopus’ ecstasy pills which they say are circulating in South Wales.

Officers have warned licensed businesses in Cardiff that the yellow ecstasy tablets are being circulated around the South Wales Police force area.

The warning says the octopus-shaped pills can cause “serious health issues” and urged staff at Cardiff venues to call 101 if they come across any.

The police message says: “Staff are asked to contact 101  if they seize or come across any ecstasy ‘yellow octopus’ tablets which are circulating in the South Wales force area at the moment.

“They can cause serious health issues and any information about the tablets is requested.”

A drugs helpline has warned about the risks of ecstasy, which can cause sweating, nausea, dehydration, confusion and anxiety, and long term issues such as psychological disturbance, depression, liver and kidney damage.

Luke Ogden, manager of the DAN 24/7 Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline, said ecstasy is not used by drug users as much at the moment but said warnings about the ‘yellow octopus’ pills are a concern.

He said: “If anyone is tempted to to take ecstasy or any other drug that’s available to them I would advise them to look up the information first so they understand what exactly it is they’re taking and what they might expect from it.”

In December, a 21-year-old man was left in a serious condition in hospital after taking a potentially lethal ecstasy tablet.

The so-called ‘Punisher’ ecstasy tablets – which featured the Punisher skull from the Marvel comic series – were believed to have been circulating in Rhondda.

Ecstasy, formally known as MDMA, is a Class A drug which means people found in possession of it can potentially face up to seven years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both.

The law says people supplying or producing ecstasy could face life in prison as well as unlimited fines.

A South Wales Police spokesman said: “From time to time, as in this case, we issue bulletins to licensees to provide them with information about certain drugs that may be circulating.

“We would always appeal to anyone who is considering taking drugs – even those who are regular users and believe they know what they are taking – to think twice about doing so.

“Anyone who believes they may have had an adverse reaction, or anyone who falls ill as the result of taking drugs, should seek medical attention as a matter of urgency.”

Dan 24/7 can be contacted on 0808 808 2234, or text DAN to 81066.

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