Six clubbers were taken to hospital after taking triple-strength ecstasy at a dance music gig. Police said the youngsters collapsed on Saturday night after taking MDMA tablets marked with the letters UPS.
The revellers had been at a concert by top Portuguese house DJ Rui Da Silva at Medicine Bar on Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, put on by local promoters Riff Raff.
Cleveland Police have now issued a picture of the drugs to warn people about their potentially deadly effects.
A spokesman for the force said: “Police are warning young people of the dangers of taking MDMA tablets after six people were taken to hospital last night suffering from the effects of such tablets.
“The young people attended a Riff Raff function in the Medicine Bar in Middlesbrough last night and were later hospitalised having taken what is believed to have been a high strength form of MDMA (ecstasy) tablet marked with a ‘UPS’ logo.”
Drugs charity The Loop posted a warning about the potent batch of ecstasy, believed to originate in Switzerland, just yesterday.
The group said tests had shown the pills were THREE TIMES stronger than average MDMA
It said: “Please remember that MDMA is, in itself, a dangerous and potentially life-threatening drug and there have been several recent well documented fatalities caused by people taking high doses of MDMA.”
The UPS are also in circulation in Manchester and Lancashire, the charity added.
Health experts advise ecstasy users to take plenty of breaks from dancing, avoid mixing with alcohol or other drugs, and to drink water regularly.
[Via: Daily Mirror]
[Photo: MDMA Team]