Warning over dangerous Xanax/Fentanyl mix

Cardiff and Vale commissioning team tweeted recently that they’ve had reports of a mix of Xanax and Fentanyl – a highly dangerous combination that increases the risk of overdose.

If you’re worried abou this, there’s a few different places you can talk to really easily.

DAN 24/7 – Drug and Alcohol Helpline

WEDINOS – free, confidential testing of substances

If anything else about this topic is on your mind, you’ll find the best people to speak to on our ‘I need help’ page.

Alerts issued over ‘Donkey Kong’ MDMA

WEDINOS and the Public Health Wales Substance Misuse Programme have issued information on a new MDMA tablet, know as ‘Donkey Kong’, that has reportedly led to three hospitalisations and one fatality.

MDMA is commonly sold as ‘Ecstasy’, in a variety of colours, shapes and branding. Ecstasy can vary significantly in strength and composition, even in identical tablets.

The information issued advises that, given the reported incidents, MDMA tablets carrying the ‘Donkey Kong’ image should be avoided. MDMA tablets in general should not be considered safe, owing to the uncertainty of their contents and possible adverse effecs.

For those that do take MDMA, the following guidance has been givevn:

Doses over 120mg MDMA should be considered as high and users should be aware that they are at increased risk of adverse effects.

Adverse effects of MDMA use can include: visual hallucinations, confusion, agitation, hypertension, seizures and coma. Fatalities have been described in individuals who have consumed 150mg MDMA.  Effects occur within 1 hour and last 4-6 hours after 75-150 mg, and up to 48 hours after 100-300 mg. Health professionals: please refer to TOXBASE for current management advice.

Individuals who are determined to use should not be apathetic in their approach

Harm Reduction advice:

If you are going to take ecstasy avoid taking a whole pill, and absolutely do not double drop.

  • Start with half a pill or even quarter of a pill and wait at least 2 hours before re-dosing.
  • Be aware that pills being sold as ecstasy may contain other drugs such as PMA which can be stronger, longer lasting and more dangerous. PMA can also take longer to have an effect. Unless it is tested you cannot be sure what you are taking.
  • Take time to relax regularly and cool down to avoid overheating
  • Effects can be more intense if snorting so start with a small amount to see how it affects you
  • Avoid mixing with depressant drugs, especially alcohol which can dull the effects of ecstasy and increases your chance of dehydration
  • If it feels different from what you are expecting, or if you feel nothing after a long wait (which you should not from a MDMA pill), do not take any more in the hope that increasing the dose will increase the positive psychoactive effects. Do not take any more MDMA-related products either.
  • When taking Ecstasy / MDMA don’t drink too much water. Sip a pint of water per hour max.
  • Use in a safe environment with trusted company
  • Tell someone you are with what you are taking

Source: WEDINOS, Public Health Wales Substance Misuse Programme

The full information provided, including additional information on MDMA and Ecstasy, can be downloaded here: Click to download.

Christmas Mocktail

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This festively bright red mocktail will get you in the festive spirit! 🎄

You’ll need:

  • 1 tsp pomegranate seeds 🥄
  • 1 tsp brown sugar 🥄
  • Lime juice (approx.. 3 tablespoons, or more to taste) 🥤
  • 1 part orange juice and lemonade to two parts pomegranate juice 🥤

What to do:

Pour the pomegranate seeds into a glass and add the brown sugar, followed by the lime juice. Add the orange juice, lemonade and pomegranate juice, stir, and enjoy!

Winter Warmer Mocktail

Winter Warmer Mocktail ❄️⛄

Bit chilly out? This delicious and super-festive to mulled wine will have you warmed up in no time!

You’ll need:

  • 75ml apple juice 🍏
  • 75ml cranberry juice 🥤
  • 2 and a half teaspoons of honey 🍯
  • Lemon wedges 🍋

What to do:

Heat the apple and cranberry juice. Stir in the honey, drop in the lemon wedges and serve hot.

Twist! Instead of honey, drop in a cinnamon stick and two and a half teaspoons of sugar when you’re heating it

Pineapple Cobbler Mocktail

Pineapple Cobbler 🍍

Tangy and fresh, this mocktail works particularly well as a pick-me-up when partying’s worn you out!

You’ll need:

What to do:

  • A dash of strawberry cordial 🥤
  • Half a fresh lime
  • 1 fresh strawberry 🍓
  • Pineapple juice 🍍
  • Lemonade 🥤

Crush lime and add to pineapple juice. Add crushed ice and stir well. Add strawberry cordial. Garnish with strawberry and lime wedge, and drink with a straw (once of this big fancy ones, if you’ve got one!)

Mango Mule Cocktail

Mango Mule

Sumptuous and full of flavour, this mocktail brings a touch of sophistication to your evening!

You’ll need:

  • 1 teaspoon of honey 🍯
  • 2 tablespoons of mango puree 🥄
  • 1 fresh lime
  • Non-alcoholic ginger beer 🥤
  • 4 or 5 slices of cucumber 🥒

What to do:

Crush the cucumber and honey together, then add the mango puree and the juice of the lime. Add crushed ice and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Strain into a glass, top with the ginger beer and stir to combine.


Beery Breezer Mocktail

Berry Breezer

Bright, fruity and with a burst of flavour, this one’s perfect for getting the party started!

You’ll need:

  • Half a fresh lime
  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar 🥄
  • 100ml of cranberry juice 🥤
  • 50ml of pineapple juice 🍍
  • Tonic water or lemonade 🥤

What to do:

Crush the lime and brown sugar. Add the juices, shake and strain over ice. Top with tonic/lemonade and garnish with a wedge of the lime