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Man critically ill after taking "contaminated" drugs in Newcastle
POLICE are warning people about the dangers of drug use after two men were admitted to hospital – one in a critical condition – after taking what are believed to be contaminated pills.
A police spokesman said officers received a report from the ambulance service of a 27-year-old man having been taken to the Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary from an address in Blakelaw at 10.30am this morning (Sunday, August 11) after taking what are thought to be four ecstasy tablets.
He was “suffering extreme adverse effects” and remains in hospital in a critical condition.
Another 27-year-old man was also admitted to the hospital after taking the same pills and suffering a reaction. He received medical treatment and has since been released.
From initial inquiries, police believe the drugs were bought by both men while in a pub in the west end of Newcastle. Further inquiries are continuing.
Anyone who feels they are suffering adverse effects from drug use, which in this case can include low consciousness, raised heart rate and shortness of breath, should seek immediate medical attention.
Chief Superintendent Ian Dawes, from Northumbria Police, said: "Anyone who feels ill after taking drugs should seek medical attention immediately.”
Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101, extension 69191.
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