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Ecstasy fears as 5 die
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Drug Alert!! - Potentially contaminated ecstasy tablets are believed to be in widespread circulation across the UK.

There's some confusion about what the pills actually look like.

They may be heart-shaped or round with a heart-shaped imprint and available in the colours pink, purple, green, yellow, orange and blue.

Poorly pressed and with a crumbly consistency.

These pills are believed to have caused 5 deaths and a number of hospitalisations.

We advise to safely dispose of any of these pills in your possession.

If you do decide to use these pills then take no more than one and do not re-dose.

Confirmed reports of yellow pills shape unknown at present but have 20/12 pressed into them have caused at least one hospitalisation in South Wales.

We strongly advise the use of drug testing kits.


Ecstasy fears as two die and several ill after possible contamination
Greater Manchester police await toxicology test results after deaths of two 'apparently fit young men' in Oldham and Wigan


Press Association
guardian.co.uk,
Tuesday 22 January 2013


Quote:Two people have died in two days and several others are in hospital after possibly taking contaminated ecstasy tablets, police have said.

Greater Manchester police said it was investigating whether a batch of the illegal drugs circulating in the area could have led to the deaths of the two "apparently fit young men".

Gareth Ashton, 28, died at Wigan infirmary on Monday, and a 19-year-old, named in the local press as Jordan Chambers, died at Oldham hospital on Sunday, according to officers. Both were admitted to hospital after feeling unwell and displayed the same symptoms. Toxicology tests are due to take place to establish their cause of death.

Police have also been made aware of a number of other people who have been admitted to hospital with similar symptoms in the past few days. The contaminated drugs are believed to be coloured and heart-shaped ecstasy tablets.

Detective Chief Inspector Howard Millington from Wigan CID said: "We are very concerned at how these deaths of two apparently fit young men have occurred. It is believed several other people have been admitted to hospital suffering from similar symptoms. It is possible that they are linked and this is something we are exploring as part of the investigation.

"Our main concern is that there may be a contaminated quantity of illegal drugs and if this goes unchecked it could result in further deaths. The drugs are believed to be ecstasy tablets, heart-shaped in purple, green, yellow and blue.

"If you are suffering adverse effects after taking one of these tablets I would advise you to go to hospital for a checkup. If you have any information, I would ask you to contact police as soon as possible. We will treat the details you supply with the strictest of confidence.

Millington warned against taking illegal drugs. "They can contain poisons and illicit chemicals that can have potentially fatal effects," he added.

Anyone with information can phone police on 0161 856 7149 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/j...tamination

I'm not sure if the following report is linked to the above too!!

Warning issued to drug users in Derbyshire

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Derby Telegraph


Quote:A WARNING is being issued to drug users after a dangerous recreational substance is feared to be linked to three deaths in the north of the county.

PMA paramethoxymethyamphetamine, or para-methoxymethyamphetamine is often being sold as Ecstasy but it is much stronger and far more toxic. It has also been sold as amphetamine powder and had been referred to as pink ecstasy, Dr Death or Pink McDonalds.

PMA has also been linked to deaths throughout Europe as well as in other parts of the UK.

Seizures of drugs throughout Derbyshire have shown that what a person thinks they have bought is often not the drug that has been sold to them.

And investigations are underway into whether the drug is linked to three deaths in the Glossop area and other deaths in the north of England.

PMA has also been linked to deaths throughout Europe.

Richard Martin, assistant director and head of substance misuse at Derby City Council, said the danger lies in PMA being marketed as another drug such as ecstasy, and people taking it as ecstasy, without realising it can take up to 90 minutes to have an effect, by which time the dosage could be fatal.

He said: "The message is be really careful in taking what you think you are taking."

He said the margin between taking a recreational amount of the drug and a potentially fatal one was "very narrow".

"If users wish to take such drugs they should not mix them with any other substance especially alcohol. Take a small amount and wait for at least an hour and a half to assess the effect before taking more.

"Many people have bought what they think are 'legal' substances only to find that they contain a mixture of illegal substances."

http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/Warnin...story.html

Police warn of contaminated ecstasy tablets after three deaths
Deaths of two men from Wigan and one in Liverpool raise fears over tablets thought to have put a dozen others in hospital


By Martin Wainwright
guardian.co.uk,
Tuesday 22 January


Quote:Police in Greater Manchester have warned (video) that the deaths of three young men in the last week may be related to contaminated ecstasy tablets circulating in the area and on Merseyside.

Officers have offered complete confidentiality to drug users in their attempts to track down the source of the heart-shaped tablets coloured purple, green, yellow and blue which are thought to have put a dozen other users in hospital.

The first death to be linked to them was in Tuebrook, Liverpool, where emergency services were called at 3.30am on Sunday to a guest house where a man had collapsed. Paramedics treated the 26-year-old at the scene and he was taken to hospital but died soon after arrival. He has not yet been named but had complained of feeling unwell after taking ecstasy.

Doctors were also unable to save two men from Wigan who went to hospital for treatment after taking ecstasy tablets. Gareth Ashton, 28, died at Wigan Infirmary on Monday, shortly after 19-year-old Jordan Chambers died at Oldham hospital.

Greater Manchester police said both were "apparently fit young men" and had suffered the same symptoms. Detailed toxicology tests are being done on all three victims before postmortem results are released. Recovering victims of what is thought to be the same syndrome are also being tested for chemical poisoning.

Det Chief Insp Howard Millington of Wigan CID said: "We are very concerned at how these deaths have occurred. Our main concern is that there may be a contaminated quantity of illegal drugs and if this goes unchecked it could result in further deaths.

"The drugs are believed to be ecstasy tablets, heart shaped in purple, green, yellow and blue. If you are suffering adverse effects after taking one of these tablets I would advise you to go to hospital for a checkup. If you have any information, I would ask you to contact police as soon as possible. We will treat the details you supply with the strictest of confidence.

"I would always urge people not to take illegal drugs and remind them that you do not know what they have been made up with. They can contain poisons and illicit chemicals that can have potentially fatal effects."

Tributes on Twitter to Jordan Chambers included the message: "God has gained an angel way too soon. Goodnight, God bless sweetheart." Another said: "Such a nice lad. You'll be truly missed." Ashton, also known as Gaz, was described by friends as "an absolute gem of a lad who always made everyone laugh".

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7149 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/j...ets-deaths

Two men who died after taking 'contaminated ecstasy' named as Jordan Chambers, 19 and Gareth Ashton, 28, while others hospitalised

Dean Kirby
January 21, 2013
Manchester Evening News

Quote:Two young men have died and a number of other people have been taken to hospital amid fears they had taken contaminated ecstasy tablets.

Police were called to the Royal Oldham Hospital on Sunday following the death of a 19-year-old who had been taken there after complaining of being unwell.

The following day they were alerted by staff at Wigan Infirmary after the death of a 28-year-old who had been admitted after complaining of similar symptoms.

Police have confirmed the teenager who died in Oldham was Jordan Chambers. The other man has been named as Gareth Ashton.

Toxicology tests are due to take place in a bid to find out how they died.

But detectives say their deaths may be linked and are warning there could be a bad batch of ecstasy tablets in the Wigan community where both men live. It is feared they had both taken the drugs before being taken to hospital from different addresses in the town.

Det Chief Insp Howard Millington from Wigan CID said: “It is believed several other people have been admitted to hospital suffering from similar symptoms. It is possible that they are linked and this is something we are exploring as part of the investigation.

“Our main concern is that there may be a contaminated quantity of illegal drugs and if this goes unchecked it could result in further deaths. The drugs are believed to be ecstasy tablets, heart shaped in purple, green, yellow and blue.

“If you are suffering adverse effects after taking one of these tablets I would advise you to go to hospital for a check up.

“If you have any information, I would ask you to contact police as soon as possible. We will treat the details you supply with the strictest of confidence.”

Friends of Jordan Chambers have paid tribute to him on social networking sites.

One friend said on Twitter: “God has gained an angel way too soon. Goodnight, God bless sweetheart.”

Another said: “Such a nice lad. You’ll be truly missed.”

One friend of Gareth Ashton, who was also known as Gaz, said he was the 'nicest lad' he had ever met.

Another said: “He was an absolute gem of a lad who always made me and everyone else laugh. Our hearts go out to both families.”

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#2
Sounds very dodgy I wonder if the unscrupulous vendors have found some way of making 5 IT white now....just a theory....
Didn't read it properly they are coloured I thought it said white pills...
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..there's some mention of heart-shaped pills causing problems in the US and Canada back in 2011 but haven't found any data..
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#4
Well done reporting this guys and hopefully it can help people stay away from this shit.
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another report from last week added above..
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third death reported in article added above.. unfortunately..
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Police warn of super-strength 'Dr Death Ecstasy' after five young people die

By LARISA BROWN
PUBLISHED: 13:19, 22 January 2013
Daily Mail


Quote:Two men died in the Greater Manchester area on Sunday and Monday

Police believe two deaths may be linked and are warning of bad batch

Jordan Chambers and Gareth Ashton, 28, complained of similar problems

Third man died in Merseyside on Sunday after it is thought he took ecstasy

Two more young people died in the Derbyshire area before Christmas

Charlotte Woodiwiss, 20, and Dale Yates, 18, died just a day apart

Police said they could not rule out that all the five deaths are linked

'Don't let my niece's death be in vain' says uncle of Charlotte Woodiwiss


Five young people have died and a number of others taken to hospital amid fears they took contaminated super-strength ecstasy-style tablets.
A woman and four men collapsed with similar symptoms in the space of a month after taking what police warn may have been brightly coloured contaminated PMA pills, nicknamed 'Dr Death'.

Up to nine other people are also being treated in Wigan Infirmary in Greater Manchester, for symptoms believed to be associated with the pills as police warned clubbers to avoid the drug.

Jordan Chambers, 19, died at the Royal Oldham Hospital in Greater Manchester on Sunday. He had been taken there after complaining of being unwell.

The next day police were alerted by staff at Wigan Infirmary after the death of Gareth Ashton, 28, who had been admitted after complaining of similar symptoms.

He was admitted to hospital with a heart attack and was said to have been sweating profusely during the night while at his girlfriend’s house.
But as he went out into the cold of her garden to cool down he suffered a heart attack - then suffered another as he was being taken to hospital by ambulance.

It has also emerged an unnamed football fan from Glasgow, 26, died on Sunday after collapsing at a guesthouse in Liverpool.

He had taken what is believed to be ecstasy type tablets after watching his team play at Anfield.

Police are also liaising with officers in Derbyshire after an art student, Charlotte Woodiwiss, 20, from Chapel-le-Frith and Dale Yates, 18, from Buxton died just before Christmas on December 22 and 23 respectively.
Police said they have not ruled out the possibility that all five deaths are linked.

Last week Derbyshire Police who have arrested 11 people for drugs offences following the deaths of Charlotte and Dale warned recreational users of the perils of using 'pink 'ecstasy.'

The heart shaped drug usually yellow, pink, purple or blue is similar to ecstasy but it much stronger and causes a fatal rise in body temperature.

The effects of PMA also take longer than ecstasy so some users mistakenly take pill after pill - thinking nothing is happening before collapsing.

Today Greater Manchester Police issued a warning about the deadly batch of contaminated tablets after three of the victims died in the space of just 24 hours having swallowed what is thought to be several tablets of the party drug.

Toxicology tests are due to take place in a bid to find out how the three men, who passed away on Sunday and Monday died.

Detectives in Greater Manchester are warning there could be a bad batch of ecstasy tablets in the Wigan area where two of the men live.

They are also working with other forces to determine if the drugs could have been distributed further afield and are sharing intelligence.

Det Chief Insp Howard Millington from Wigan CID said: 'It is believed several other people have been admitted to hospital suffering from similar symptoms. It is possible that they are linked and this is something we are exploring as part of the investigation.

'Our main concern is that there may be a contaminated quantity of illegal drugs and if this goes unchecked it could result in further deaths. The drugs are believed to be ecstasy tablets, heart shaped in purple, green, yellow and blue.'

Superintendent Andrea Jones added: 'These were two relatively fit young men aged 19 and 28 who had taken ecstasy, we believe they they had purchased from the Wigan area.

'Both admitted taking drugs prior to being admitted to hospital. They are two different incidents and we do not believe they were out socialising together.

'We do know the two fatalities were known to have taken between four and five ecstasy pills each.'

There is no suggestion the drugs have been bought online or they were imported.

Detective Superintendent Tim Keelan, of Merseyside Police, said it was too early to link the tragedy of the unnamed 26-year-old who died with any other drug incidents.

He said: 'Although it is too early to say what caused this man's health to deteriorate, we are investigating the possibility that illegal drugs may have been involved.

'This death follows a number of possible ecstasy related fatalities around the country and while it is too early to link this tragedy with any other incidents, Merseyside Police take this opportunity to warn people of the dangers of taking any illegal substances.

'An investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is ongoing.'
The third man, who has not yet been named, collapsed at the Newsham Park Guest House on Shiel Road, Tuebrook, in Liverpool at 3am on Sunday morning.

Paramedics attended the scene and the man was rushed to Royal Liverpool University Hospital where he later died.

It is understood he is not from Merseyside and had travelled to the city to watch Liverpool FC’s clash with Norwich at Anfield.

After the Merseyside team won 5-0 the 26 year-old is thought to have taken ecstasy.

The man has not yet been formally identified but Merseyside Police officers are in the process of speaking to his next-of-kin, thought to be in Glasgow.

Charlotte's funeral was being held today after she was found dead at a flat in her home village on 22 December. Dale was found dead at a flat on Eagle Parade in Buxton the following day.

Friends of Jordan Chambers have paid tribute to him on social networking sites.

One friend said on Twitter: 'God has gained an angel way too soon. Goodnight, God bless sweetheart.'
Another said: 'Such a nice lad. You’ll be truly missed.'

His former headmaster Roy Halford Hawkley, at Hall High in Wigan, said: 'Our school community is saddened by the news of Jordan’s sudden and tragic death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and close friends.'

One friend of Gareth Ashton, who was also known as Gaz, said he was the ‘nicest lad’ he had ever met. Another said: 'He was an absolute gem of a lad who always made me and everyone else laugh. Our hearts go out to both families.'

There was a spate of deaths last year from a batch of lethal pink ecstasy tablets dubbed 'Dr Death'.

Three men died in Cambridgshire and Dorset and 16 year-old Rose Farley, whose father was a bodyguard for Liverpool FC ace Steven Gerrard, also died.

The teenager fell ill at home after attending a friends birthday party at the Silvestrian Scoail Club in the Vauxhall area of the city.

She died in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and a police investigation into whether she was spiked, when a pill is slipped into a drink, is ongoing.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...Death.html
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These have been flooding Devon for a little while now (At least same that look exactly the same) and people have been bashing them with little respect i think this should hopefully shed some light for a few people that believe the story's of the dealers many thanks mods
"Happiness might now be bought for a penny, and carried in the waistcoat-pocket; portable ecstasies might be had corked up in a pint-bottle; and peace of mind could be sent down by the mail.”
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SilentRoller has located two images containing what's believed to be the pills in question:

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'Ecstasy-related' deaths could be part of wider investigation across the north of England
Five deaths in the past month prompt detectives to speculate linked to a bad batch of 'pink ecstasy' across Greater Manchester, Merseyside, and Derbyshire


By Richard Wheatstone
Jan 22, 2013
Manchester Evening News


Quote:An investigation into the 'ecstasy-related' deaths of two men in Wigan could become part of a wider inquiry across the north of England - following five fatalities in the last month.

Jordan Chambers, 19, and Gareth Ashton, 28, both died on Sunday and detectives believe their deaths may be linked to a bad batch of ecstasy on the streets of the town.

Now, Merseyside Police have confirmed a 26-year-old man - thought to be visiting from Glasgow - died in a guesthouse in Liverpool on Sunday morning after a night out when he is believed to have taken ecstasy-style pills.

Last week, Derbyshire Police warned recreational users of a drug known as 'pink ecstasy' which is believed to have been involved in the deaths of Charlotte Woodiwiss, 20, from Chapel-le-Firth and Dale Yates, 18, from Buxton on December 22 and 23.

Merseyside officers have also recently warned the public about the pill, called PMA, which is a stronger and more toxic form of ecstasy.

They believe the drug is being distributed across the country from Merseyside.

It is understood Jordan and Gareth, who were both from Wigan and died on Sunday, did not know each other but may have been socialising in the same pubs and bars on Saturday night.

Police believe they both took "four or five" of the brightly-coloured, heart-shaped tablets.

Several other people across Greater Manchester have been hospitalised suffering from similar symptoms after taking ecstasy-style tablets.

In the Wigan area, four people have admitted themselves to hospital after taking ecstasy.

A drug amnesty may now be held in Wigan over the coming days in a bid to get the potentially killer batch of pills of the streets.

Toxicology reports have yet to be returned on the three men in Wigan and Liverpool and it is not yet known if the deaths are linked.

It is understood a police investigation could unite several forces across the north of England.

Superintendent Andrea Jones, who is leading the investigation, said: "We have liaised with other forces and while at the moment there is no specific evidence link these deaths with ones in other areas, we cannot rule it out at this stage.

"Our priority at the moment is to make sure no-one else takes these tablets and that we arrest the suppliers as soon as possible.

"We don't know where these drugs have come from, and there is nothing to suggest they have been produced in the Wigan area.

"My concern is that two relatively healthy young men have died.

"I'd like to remind people of the dangers of taking any illegal drugs, you don't know where they've come from or what they've been cut with, and you are taking a big risk with your health."

Greater Manchester Police have urged people feeling unwell after taking any recreational pills to go straight to hospital.

Det Chief Insp Howard Millington from Wigan CID said: “It is believed several other people have been admitted to hospital suffering from similar symptoms. It is possible that they are linked and this is something we are exploring as part of the investigation.

“Our main concern is that there may be a contaminated quantity of illegal drugs and if this goes unchecked it could result in further deaths. The drugs are believed to be ecstasy tablets, heart shaped in purple, green, yellow and blue.

“If you are suffering adverse effects after taking one of these tablets I would advise you to go to hospital for a check up.

“If you have any information, I would ask you to contact police as soon as possible. We will treat the details you supply with the strictest of confidence.”

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/n...er-1230817
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