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Street valium warning.

A Stirling mum was told this week she had to stop using 'street valium' if she wanted to get her children back.

Thirty-year-old Gemma Bruton, of Anderson Place, appeared at Stirling Sheriff Court last Wednesday.

She had admitted a charge of possessing the class-C drug clonazolam at Sainsbury's, Raploch, and at Falkirk police station between February 18 and 19 last year. Street valium was linked to the deaths of six people in Glasgow last year.

Sheriff William Gilchrist asked Bruton's agent Frazer McCready if clonazolam was a type of valium. He replied: "She thought it was a type of valium.

It is described as being a blue tablet."

The sheriff asked Mr McCready if Bruton was still using street valium. He replied: "She says she is not."

Mr McCready explained her main concern was getting her children back. However, that wasn't going to happen unless she sorted out her life, he added.

Sheriff Gilchrist told Bruton: "Your main focus relates to your children, but you have to address your underlying problems with drugs. You have to stop using street valium."

He deferred sentence until July 31 for Bruton to be of good behaviour, a supplementary social work report, and to comply with an existing community payback order.

It would also allow for her to be referred to addiction counselling and various support agencies.

Sheriff Gilchrist added: "Hopefully this motivation in relation to your children will have the desired effect."

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Date:Apr 10, 2019
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