Eleven, mostly young Hungarians are already dead because of a new designer drug, the so-called BIKA (bull). The compound came from China, and it is very cheap; to buy a joint filled with it you have to pay only EUR 0.5, Gábor Zacher, a famous Hungarian toxicologist, said.
According to 24, thanks to the drug’s cheapness, most of the casualties are from Borsod and Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok Counties, as well as Budapest.
Mr Zacher said that the media only writes about a drug problem if it causes deaths. However, the problem is always present, for example, in the last year, 30 new types of synthetic drugs appeared on the market. Furthermore, a few years before, a drug named
“the breath of the devil” killed seven people in only 3 or 4 days.
Neither the seller nor the buyer knows what they use exactly and what the lethal dose of that compound is for the human body. For example, an irreversible heart failure killed a 30-year-old man just 1.5 weeks before. Mr Zacher could not save them, and the “killer” was a new drug.
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The ‘BIKA’ (in English it is bull) name comes from the pharmaceutical practice where the B-I-C-A abbreviation stands for a compound that they developed but cannot use because of its side effects. According to Mr Zacher, even doctors do not know why people die because of the new drug because it affects different people differently: one dies because of it while the other one survives. That is why designer drug use these days is like the Russian roulette:
nobody knows who will die of it,
the toxicologist added.
As we reported before HERE, so far the death of eleven people can be linked to a new illicit designer drug that is believed to have appeared in the Hungarian market in May, a senior official of the National Police said on Tuesday. The synthetic cannabinoid called 4fmdmb-bica was identified during an investigation into the circumstances of the death of a 23-year-old man in Miskolc in northern Hungary, a chief officer said at a press conference.
Local police arrested three men suspected of selling the drug, Ibolya Csákó said. Further investigations into another ten deaths established that they can be linked to the new drug which comes from China, she said. The victims, most of them regular drug users living in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplen County in the north-east,
were aged between 23 and 36, Csákó added.
The other deaths occurred in the Counties Fejér, Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg, Nógrád, and Tolna, as well as in Budapest, she said.
Csaba Gergely Horváth, the head of the National Drug Centre of the human resources ministry, said at the same press conference that one gram of the synthetic cannabinoid sells for 1,300-1,500 forints (EUR 3.7-4.3) on the black market and is enough for rolling five joints.
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