Drugs Warning In Gateshead

16 March 2015, 05:34

Six people have been arrested after 9 people were taken to hospital after taking mephedrone.

Officers were called to an address in Firtree Road at 6.50pm on Sunday evening (March 15th).

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 or  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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UPDATED Saturday 14th March 2015

Police in Gateshead are warning about the dangers of taking illegal drugs after four teenagers were taken to hospital.

Just after midnight in the early hours of this morning, police were called to an address in Well Lane after a 15-year-old male was found unconscious. He has been taken to hospital for treatment.

The report followed three reports yesterday evening of youngsters being treated by paramedics and taken to hospital after becoming unwell.

It's believed in all cases the youths had taken illegal drugs and, while at this stage it is not known whether or not the cases are linked, 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.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector John Douglas said:
"We're carrying out enquiries to establish exactly what has happened and whether these incidents are linked. However, we want to remind and warn people of the dangers of taking illegal drugs, or indeed any drugs that have not been prescribed to them.

If anyone has taken an illegal substance and becomes unwell they should seek medical advice immediately."

To report information about drugs and drugs supply contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 16 140315.

Anyone who needs emergency medical attention should call 999.

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

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