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Drug warning after incidents in Gateshead

14 Mar 2015 13:00 PM

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Police are continuing to issue a drug warning after three more people were taken to hospital after falling unwell.

Officers were called to an address in Firtree Road at 6.50pm this evening (Sunday, March 15). Three people were treated by paramedics and taken to hospital for treatment. It's believed they had taken the illegal substance mephedrone.

It follows two incidents on Friday evening and the early hours of Saturday morning in which police were called to reports of teenagers becoming unwell. Seven were taken to hospital for treatment.

Two people were also taken to hospital following an incident in Blaydon.

Enquiries lead police to believe the teenagers may have taken the illegal substance known as 'bubble'.

Bubble, otherwise known as Mephedrone, is a class b illegal drug that can cause harmful side effects to those who take it.

Six people have been arrested in connection with the investigation and bailed. Enquiries are on-going to establish where the drugs have come from.

It is not known whether or not all of the cases are linked at this time, however police are warning anyone about the dangers of taking illegal drugs and urging anyone who may have taken an illegal drug and feels unwell to seek medical advice immediately.

Chief Inspector Neil Robson, said: "We cannot stress the importance of listening to the dangers of taking drugs and would advise anyone who is thinking of doing so not to.

"The side effects can be incredibly harmful, if anyone has taken an illegal substance and becomes unwell they should seek medical advice immediately."

Anyone who needs emergency medical attention should call 999.

For further information and advice in relation to drugs visit www.frank.com orĀ  www.hiwecanhelp.co.uk

Anyone who has information about the drugs supply should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 1007 150315.

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