Police Are Warning People To Look Out For Lethal Batch Of MDMA
An urgent warning has been released after one man died and at least seven others have become seriously ill from taking a 'super-strong' type of MDMA.
Police have warned that the crystal form of the drug is especially potent and should be avoided.
Cops are urging anyone who thinks they may have taken the drug, which has the nickname pink champagne or magic, to look out for symptoms.
Greater Manchester Police has said signs to look out for include shallow breathing, racing heart-beat, rigid muscles, becoming very aggressive, seizures, foaming at the mouth and unconsciousness. Anyone who has taken the drug and is feeling any of these symptoms should go straight to hospital.
The warning comes after four men were taken into hospital on Saturday evening, this was followed by another five men and a woman being rushed in on Sunday.
Police have since revealed one man has died and four are fighting for their lives in intensive care, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Chief Superintendent Neil Evans, Territorial Commander for Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside, told the paper: "Sadly a man has now died as a result of taking what we believe is an MDMA based drug."
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Several people have been rushed into A&E after taking the drug. (Credit: PA)
"His death comes as four others are in a critical condition after a total number of 11 were hospitalised over the weekend after taking the drug.
"This is incredibly worrying and, with our colleagues from the NHS, we are doing all that we can to warn people against taking the drug and help those who may have taken it.
"So please, if you believe that you or somebody you know has taken the drug and begins showing symptoms then get yourselves to the hospital immediately.
"I would like to reiterate the dangers of taking this or any recreational drug. We have sadly had one person tragically die as a result of taking MDMA this weekend and others are fighting for their lives.
"We will be supporting their devastated families, I hope we don't have to support even more families, cases like this are ones that we always hope we don't have to deal with."
A 26-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of dealing the lethal drug. He is currently being questioned in police custody.
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