DRUG dealers are importing illegal tranquillisers over the internet and selling them on the streets of Hartlepool for as little as 20p a pill.
A warning has been issued by drug workers in Hartlepool following reports that users are taking highly-addictive benzodiazepine drugs, known on the street s benzos, which have been bought online.
Drug specialists say users have reported they have been using benzodiazepines, which is a group of pharmaceutical tranquilizers that include diazepam and temazepam, and are experiencing an increase in symptoms including paranoia.
Anyone wanting help or advice about drug use should ring the Whitby Street drug centre on (01429) 285000.
People can contact the Hartlepool Drugs Unit on the confidential number (01642) 302181.