A JUDGE said it was unfortunate that Sir Trevor McDonald's Tonight programme had made it known that recipes for the controversial date rape drug GHB were available on the internet.
Judge Gareth Edwards QC - who also called for such web sites to be closed down - was speaking after he was told a North Wales teenager got the recipe and tried to make the drug himself after watching the ITV programme.
Mold Crown Court was told David John Platt and four others who took the liquid he had made - which turned out to be poisonous drain cleaner - were hospitalised and were very ill.
Platt, 19, and one of the other men who took it, became un-conscious and stopped breathing. Another man who took it became extremely ill and his wife temporarily lost the use of her legs. All had since recovered.
Judge Edwards said: 'It is un-fortunate that in attempting the exposé of a most dangerous product, television has inadvertently made the information more widely available than it was before.'
He said he hoped such internet sites would be closed.
Platt of Heol Orsfa, Johnstown near Wrexham, admitted attempting to unlawfully make GHB - gamma hydroxyl butyrate - a Class C drug, between June 1 and 26 last year.
Two charges of unlawfully causing noxious substances to be taken so as to endanger life, which he denied, were dropped by the prosecution and were left on the file.
Defending barrister Andrew Jebb said the issue of recipes for making the date rape drug being available on the internet had been highlighted on television.
'Unfortunately, it was as a result of finding that out through watching the programme that this defendant went away, visited the site and was able to obtain the information. It is an incredibly simple procedure,' he explained.
Mr Jebb said his client always contested he had administered the substance he had made to the two men.
'We accept they ended up taking it and one of the men gave it to his wife,' he explained.
The men had not made statements to the police and were themselves initially arrested and interviewed.
'He had no malice. He took the substance himself and he had no idea of the side effects it would have,' said Mr Jebb.
Prosecutor Brett Williams explained the substance that had been made was drain cleaner.
The judge agreed to adjourn the case for a pre-sentence report but warned all sentencing options including custody would remain open.
A spokesman for Tonight with Trevor McDonald said: 'The of-fence took place in 2005. The only time we have mentioned GHB recipes being available on the internet was in 1999, when the issue was highlighted by many sections of the media.'