The Daily Record –
The e-commerce website has been criticised for allowing the sale of synthesized Russian “legal high” phenazepam.
E-commerce website eBay has been slammed for allowing the sale of a banned drug that has killed 133 Scots in the past 10 years.
The UK Government stepped in to ban the importation of phenazepam in 2012 after it emerged as a major threat to life.
The synthesized Russian “legal high” was banned for import to the UK but showed up in many post-mortem toxicology reports along with other killer drugs similar to Valium.
Since then, the substance has continued to be taken illegally in Scotland, killing 27 people in 2018 – the last year covered by statistics.
It is among the worst of the “street Valium” drugs that feature in most of Scotland’s drug deaths, which are the worst recorded rate in the world.
One Scot who contacted the Record was amazed to see the killer drug being brazenly sold to UK sellers on eBay.
Despite calls to the global platform to alert them, he was stunned to be told the product would continue to be listed.
He said: “I was on eBay looking for a herbal sleep medicine and saw this for sale.
“Clicking the ad, they have sold more than 540 boxes. I’ve tried to contact eBay but they said it doesn’t break their rules.
“Phenazepam is a known banned product in most countries. I think people should be warned in case somebody buys it and ends up ill or in jail, as they will be importing drugs.”
On the eBay listing from a Siberian seller, it acknowledges that users can quickly become addicted. It said: “To avoid the development of drug dependence, duration of the use of phenazepam is two weeks.
“In some cases, the duration of treatment may be increased up to two months. If you cancel, reduce the dose gradually.”
David Liddell, CEO of Scottish Drugs Forum, slammed sites such as eBay for being slow to react to illegality and a failure to police their own sites.
He said: “Online supply of drugs is becoming more common and represents a huge challenge to customs and police. It is concerning that platforms seem reluctant or slow to withdraw illegal drugs from sale.”
The advert remained on eBay after it was initially brought to their attention but was removed after the Record intervened.
An eBay spokesperson said: “This item is banned from eBay’s platform. We have removed it and taken appropriate action against the seller.”Counterfeit Valium International News New Drug Trends Phenazepam