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Drugs warning from Northumbria police

Police officer on patrol in Sunderland at dusk

6:12am 19th May 2017

Police are issuing a warning about taking illegal drugs, and those not prescribed for them.

It's after a young man collapsed on Tyneside and was rushed to hospital this week.

He'd taken some new blue Valium type tablets, described as having the markings MC2 or MCK on them.

Detectives are making enquiries to find out exactly what these drugs are, and the potential effects they can cause.

So far this is the only report made to police who have been informed these illegal drugs may be circulating in Gateshead and Newcastle areas.

Chief Inspector Paul Knox said:

"We're making enquiries to establish exactly what these drugs are and the potential effects they can cause. But at this stage we want to alert drug users to the danger 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."

"Those with any information about this drug, including its whereabouts and its source, should contact us as soon as possible."

To report information about drugs and drugs supply contact Northumbria Police on 101, quoting reference 1144 of 18/05/17.

Anyone who needs emergency medical attention should call 999.

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

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