A line from a popular local song says “more zessing less stressing,” but the Minister of National Security and the Police Service are advising the public the do the exact opposite when it comes to a new drug called the “zesser” pill.
At yesterday’s weekly police news, Public Information Officer of the Police Service acting Superintendent Wayne Mystar said based on information received, the “zesser pill” is a combination of two drugs, ecstasy and cocaine and comes in a either powder form or looks like sweets.
He said that the pill was now on the radar of the TTPS.
“We are critically concerned about it and we are doing all in our power to get that dangerous drug off the streets,” he said.
Mystar added that police were now seeking collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Education to develop education programme to warn citizens about the dangers of the drug.
Minister of National Security Stuart Young also added his voice to the public sensitisation effort.
In a media release yesterday, Young said: “This drug has been attributed to causing severe adverse physical and mental behavioural reactions in users.”
Young is advised that the chemical composition of this drug had not yet been verified by the Trinidad and Tobago Forensic Science Centre, but investigations were underway.
He said the Ministry of National Security continued to urge the public to avoid the use of any substances with psycho-active properties, in the interest of their health, safety and well-being.
Some of the most vulnerable in society would be the younger generation and Superintendent (ag) Mystar said the while the drug was most prevalent in parties, it was beginning to rear its head in the nation’s schools.
He attributed this to the infiltration of gangs and said it was being looked into very seriously.
Mystar advised principals to report any infractions to the police as well as urged parents to educate their children about the use of drugs.
Over the past few weeks there have been photos being shared on social media depicting people lying, seemingly unconscious, who were said to have ingested the drug.