A 25-year-old man has died and four people are critically ill after taking what police are calling "highly potent" MDMA.
A total of 11 people were rushed to hospital in Oldham on Saturday night after taking MDMA resembling brown sugar. Police say its local street name is "pink champagne".
The Greater Manchester Police force has
released a statement saying: “If you think you may have taken the drug or know
somebody who has then you need to seek medical attention. If you believe
somebody else has taken it and begins to show one of the following symptoms then
get them to a hospital immediately”. Signs to look out for include rigid
muscles, shallow breathing, a fast racing pulse, hyper-aggression, seizure,
foaming at the mouth and unconsciousness.
A 26-year old man was arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs, and has since been released under investigation.
Police are asking anyone with relevant
information to come forward. Chief Superintendent Neil Evans said: “We are
appealing for anyone with any information about where this drug is coming from
to get in touch as soon as possible.”
The Police warning and more information can be found here.