POLICE have issued a warning about the dangers of taking drugs following the death of a man over the weekend.

The 31-year-old, from Murton, County Durham, was said to have taken a cocktail of drugs over the previous two days, including ecstasy, amphetamine and heroin.

A force spokesperson said: “He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital on Saturday afternoon, February 9, but sadly died this morning (February 10).”

Detective Constable Phil Newey, from Peterlee CID, said: “We are carrying out an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the man’s death, but believe it to be as a result of the mix of drugs he had taken over the past two days.

“The dangers and risks of taking drugs are well known, but I want to implore to those that wish to continue taking them to seriously consider the possible effects that they can have.

“Drugs can seriously damage your health and, in some cases, such as this, even result in death.

“Anyone who feels ill after taking drugs should seek medical help immediately.”

  • Anyone who has any information on drug dealing in their area should contact Durham Constabulary on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on (0800) 555111.