Expectant dad reveals what it is like to take monkey dust
An expectant dad says monkey dust took over his life – and claims the drug is TEN times stronger than cocaine.
Rio Bailey, 25, says the disturbing effects of the drug made him hear voices in his head and turned him into a paranoid wreck, the Stoke Sentinel reported .
The once-promising athlete was introduced to the drug last year but has vowed to never take it again as he prepares for the birth of his first child.
Rio, who lives in Madeley, Stoke on Trent, said: “Since I was 18 I’ve taken MDMA and cocaine, but it’s only in the last year I’ve started experimenting with monkey dust.
“I knew someone who dealt in drugs. I got told it was like cocaine but it lasts 10 times longer. I was using it for escapism and that’s the go-to drug because it lasts so long. I would say it is 10 times stronger than coke.
“There’s a euphoria to it. I’m fully aware of what I was doing when I’ve taken it, but you’ve got so much energy you just want to keep moving.
“It’s highly mentally addictive. You can start hearing voices with it.
“It’s like any drug though – how it affects you depends on the person taking it.”
Staffordshire Police has revealed officers have dealt with 950 incidents associated with the drug in just three months. Meanwhile paramedics say they are regularly called to deal with users who have taken the substance, which can be bought on the streets of Stoke-on-Trent for as little as £2.
Rio said he was surprised by the number of people that were taking it, and believes it is so popular because it’s so cheap.
He said: “You smoke it, and it costs a couple of quid for a hit.
“I would go two months without taking it, then go on a bender for a week. I’ve got anger issues and when that got triggered I would take it.
“Dealers will give people their first hit for free, just so they can get people hooked. It’s so cheap.”
Rio was a keen athlete before going to Manchester Metropolitan University to study sports management.
He found it too expensive to continue to compete, but graduated with a degree and moved back to the area when he was 22.
What is monkey dust? The drug causing a health crisis
Monkey Dust, also known as MDPV, causes hallucinations and paranoia.
People on the drug, which looks like an off-white powder, have been known to climb trees and buildings and attack people who come near them.
It’s from a family of drugs known as cathinones as can be bought for as little as £2.
Monkey dust can be swallowed, injected or snorted and it dampens perceptions of pain. It can also cause powerful hallucinations which lead to severe paranoia.
The use of monkey dust is on the rise because of its low cost and its effects can be felt after ingesting small amounts – as little as 3mg.
While Staffordshire is a known epicentre for the drug, West Midlands Ambulance Service said it has dealt with cases across the region. Paramedics have been called to 178 incidents since April involving money dust — 131 of them in North Staffordshire.
Now, he is due to become a dad in three months, and says that has been the catalyst that’s made him want to change his ways.
He said: “I’m not going to take it again. It would be selfish if I did, with a kid on the way.
“If I was giving advice to someone thinking of taking it, I would say don’t. It’s not going to resolve any issues you have, when you come down from it your issues are going to be ten times worse.”
Rio’s dad, Baz Bailey, said seeing the effect monkey dust had on his son was ‘heartbreaking’. The 48-year-old dad-of-four said: “At one stage he would be okay, then just go missing for a fortnight.
Baz, who runs the Ultimate Fitness gym in Chesterton, has now set up a Facebook group called Time for Action in an attempt to tackle the effects of the drug in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle.
There have also been calls by community leaders for the drug to be reclassified as a Class A instead of Class B.
He said: “I’ve watched monkey dust explode in the city. I’ve heard about the children of users taking it to sell at school, and a 10-year-old being offered it for free in the park.
“I thought someone needs to stand up and do something. I’m setting different groups up, like one for parents and siblings of users. I want to see a rehab facility back in this area. We are the capital for monkey dust use in the country – clearly we need it.”
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