Drug Contamination Fear

Publish Date: 22/01/2013

Greater Manchester police are warning of a possible contaminated quantity of ecstasy tablets, following two deaths and a number of admissions to hospital.

Detective Chief Inspector Howard Millington from Wigan CID said: “We are very concerned at how these deaths of two apparently fit young men have occurred. It is believed several other people have been admitted to hospital suffering from similar symptoms. It is possible that they are linked and this is something we are exploring as part of the investigation.

“Our main concern is that there may be a contaminated quantity of illegal drugs and if this goes unchecked it could result in further deaths. The drugs are believed to be ecstasy tablets, heart shaped in purple, green, yellow and blue.

“If you are suffering adverse effects after taking one of these tablets I would advise you to go to hospital for a check-up. If you have any information, I would ask you to contact police as soon as possible. We will treat the details you supply with the strictest of confidence. I would always urge people not to take illegal drugs and remind them that you do not know what they have been made up with. They can contain poisons and illicit chemicals that can have potentially fatal effects.”

If you would like to talk to someone about drug use, either your own or that of a friend, you can call The LGF helpline in confidence on 0845 3 30 30 30.

Alternatively, you can contact Addiction Dependency Solutions (www.adsolutions.org.uk) or Lifeline (www.lifeline.org.uk) for advice and access to drug services.

Anyone with information about the possible contaminated quantity of ecstasy should phone the police on 0161 856 7149 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

The news story published by GMP can be read here:  http://www.gmp.police.uk/Content/WebsitePages/A79A871D990AA27C80257AFA00719F0F?OpenDocument