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Fantasy drug concealed in beauty products

AAP logoAAP 22/12/2016

Australian Federal Police are worried beauticians are unwittingly buying beauty products that contain a substance used to manufacture the drug fantasy.

Criminals are illegally importing gammabutyrolactone from China by packaging it as beauty products.

The drug metabolises in the body as gamma-hydroxybutyrate and can cause an abrupt loss of consciousness, memory loss, breathing difficulties, coma and death.

Authorities made four seizures last month, each containing five litres of the drug in packaging purporting to be gel used to remove make-up glue for fake eyelashes.

"The drug is being unwittingly purchased by the legitimate beauty industry, potentially putting the health of consumers at risk," Acting Assistant Commissioner Chris Sheehan said.

"When ingested, this dangerous substance is capable of ruining lives in a single incident."

He said if beauty salons or members of the public have any concerns or adverse reactions to any product, they should seek immediate medical advice.

In the past six months, police have seized 1137 litres of the drug nationally, up from 307 litres in the 2015-2016 financial year.

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