Two men have died and a woman is in a serious condition in a Northumberland hospital after ‘taking drugs’.
Northumbria Police has issued a warning over small pink-coloured tablets known as pinkies which are in circulation in the North East. It is not known if the substance is an illegal drug or unprescribed medication.
The Force has said that, in the past week, two men in their 30s have died, and one woman in her 20s is in a serious condition in hospital in Blyth after taking drugs. However, it is not known whether or not the three took pinkies.
Two people – a man and woman – have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in drugs supply.
Superintendent Lisa Orchard said: “Drugs are illegal for a reason. They are simply not safe and drug users are taking a huge risk by taking them, likewise the consequences of taking medication that has not been prescribed can be very serious.
“Our advice is simply do not take illegal drugs or medication that has not been prescribed. Anyone who has taken an illegal substance or medication that has not been prescribed to them and falls ill should seek immediate medial attention.
“People who have prescribed medication should continue to take this as advised by their doctor.
“An investigation into the supply of these tablets has begun and I would urge anyone who has any information to come forward and speak to us.”
Anyone with information that can help police with their enquiries should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 592 280815 or alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.