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Six treated at Lancaster hospital for adverse reaction to drugs

Six young people in Lancaster have been treated in hospital after taking what is thought to be a controlled drug.

At around 3.10am this morning, Sunday 11 October, officers were called to Royal Lancaster Infirmary by staff following the admission of six people from The Sugarhouse Nightclub on Sugarhouse Alley in Lancaster.

Four women who are students studying at Lancaster University and two men who were visiting friends at the university were admitted to hospital suffering what hospital staff believe to be an adverse reaction to taking some sort of drug. All have since been discharged from hospital, except one who remains undergoing observations.

The tablets that they are thought to have taken are described as a black shield shape with a crest or logo on the front of them.
DS 3308 James Edmonds from Lancaster CID said:

“I would urge anyone to refrain from taking these tablets or indeed any sort of drug because the message is clear – you don’t know what you’re taking and the risk you are putting on your health could be devastating.

“Fortunately it appears that none of the individuals involved were seriously affected by this incident and I want to reassure the public that we are trying to identify the source of the tablets.
“This appears to be an isolated incident and we will continue to work with the university and our partners to educate young people to ensure this does not happen again.”  

We are urging anybody in possession of similar tablets to hand them into us to prevent anyone else from falling ill and to enable us to test the substance.
If you have taken illegal drugs or if you know someone who has become unwell after taking illegal drugs and require urgent medical care call 999 and ask for the ambulance service.

If you have information about the supply of this drug or other illegal drugs call Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 237 of October 11th or pass information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For drugs information and advice visit the “Talk To Frank” website:  or call the National Drugs Helpline on 0800 77 66 00.


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