Ecstasy death sparks police pills warning
BRIGHT orange ecstasy pills are believed to have led to the death of a 22-year-old man.
Emergency services arrived at the scene in Foxhomes in Jarrow at approximately 3am yesterday and were told the man had taken ecstasy.
The victim, who has not been named, was taken to hospital but died later.
A warning has now been issued by police about the dangers of the “distinctive” orange pills.
Det Insp Sean McGuigan said: “Enquiries to establish the exact cause of death are ongoing, but we do want to warn people against taking these pills.
“If anyone is offered them, or has them in their possession, then we would encourage them to hand them in to police.
“If anyone has any information about who has supplied the drugs in question then we would also encourage them to contact us at the earliest opportunity.”
Specialist officers are supporting the man’s family as enquiries into his death continue, with a postmortem due.
Northumbria Police added anyone who has information about the drugs should contact them on 101, quoting reference 68 14/11/17, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Anyone who has taken these pills and needs emergency medical attention should call 999.