Man Dies From Suspected Internet Drug

14 March 2013, 08:40 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

A 24 year old man's died in Tynemouth - police say they think he took a white powder substance he might have bought on the internet.

Police are reminding people about the danger of drug use after a death in North Tyneside.

Police were called to an address in Tynemouth on Saturday, March 9th, at about 5.20pm, after a report of a sudden death of a 24-year-old man.

Initial enquiries suggest the man had taken a white powder.

The powder is yet to be identified and a cause of death is yet to be established.

Police are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

One of line of enquiry is the possibility the drugs were bought over the internet.

However, police are reminding people of the dangers of taking any drug.

Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, North Tyneside Area Command, said:
"Enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what has happened, but it's suspected at this stage that he had taken a powder substance, and it's possible this was bought over the internet.

Taking any drug - whether illegal or a so-called 'legal high' - is dangerous and potentially life threatening, and in particular drugs bought over the internet can carry a bigger risk as there is little idea what is actually in them and they could contain potentially dangerous chemicals.

I'd urge people not to take drugs of any kind and anyone who has concerns should speak with their local officers or a drug support service."

An inquest into the death has been opened and adjourned and the coroner has yet to be given a cause of death, which has not yet bee established.

Anyone who needs emergency medical attention should call 999.

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