By 1News

Methamphetamine has reportedly been found in an MDMA tablet in New Zealand for the first time.

A Mitsubishi brand tablet distributed in the North Island has been found to contain methamphetamine when analysed by the Institute for Environmental Science and Research.

The tablets are triangular and vary in colour from red to pink/orange.

A picture of the Mitsubishi MDMA tablet. Photo: High Alert/Supplied

So far the tablets have been linked to one report of harm.

According to drug information website High Alert, side effects include:

  • Increased levels of anxiety/paranoia
  • Insomnia
  • Changes in mood
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Stimulant-like effects as opposed to feelings of empathy and emotional connection you may expect from MDMA

High Alert recommends not to take the Mitsubishi tablets and to always get your drugs checked.

Where to get help:

  • Alcohol Drug Helpline: call 0800 787 797 or free text 8681 for a free, confidential text conversation
  • Alcohol Drug Māori Helpline: 0800 787 798 for advice and referral to kaupapa Māori services
  • Alcohol Drug Pasifika Helpline: 0800 787 799 for advice and referral to services developed for Pacific people
  • Alcohol Drug Youth Helpline: 0800 787 984 for advice and referral to services for young people

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