Substances to be tested after three people become ill

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Blackpool Victoria Hospital

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Three people have been admitted to hospital after taking “suspicious substances”.

Police were called to Blackpool Victoria Hospital at around 11.50pm yesterday after staff raised concerns about two patients.

One patient, a 26-year-old man from Staffordshire, was unconscious when he arrived and the other man, a 33-year-old also from Staffordshire, was suffering an adverse reaction after taking a tablet.

A 26-year-old woman from Blackpool was also then admitted suffering from what hospital staff suspect was a reaction to some sort of drug.

A small quantity of tablets with the word “gold” on them was recovered from the men and a white powder was recovered from the woman.

Forensic tests will now be carried out to try to establish what the substances are.

All three people have since recovered and have been discharged from hospital.

Det Con Stephen Gelson, of Blackpool CID, said: “Our message is clear and simple - users of any drug can never be really sure of the contents of anything they take and the potential health issues are very real and potentially fatal. What’s more is that possession of illegal drugs could also get you into serious trouble and could result in a criminal conviction.

“At this stage we do not believe that the two incidents are connected, but we are making enquiries to establish what the substances were, whether they were illegal or a new psychoactive substance, sometimes unhelpfully referred to as ‘legal highs’, and where they came from.”

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call police on 101, quoting log number 1864 of October 9, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

For drugs information and advice, visit the Talk To Frank website www.talktofrank.com or call the National Drugs Helpline on 0800 77 66 00.