A warning has been issued by police about a potentially deadly batch of drugs after a woman died in Sunderland.
An investigation was launched after a woman in her 30s died and two other people became unwell in recent weeks. After carrying out a number of enquiries, it is suspected that they had all taken the same drugs.
A 58-year-old man was since been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs. He has been released under investigation.
Officers issued the warning after they were made aware of a possible batch of particularly strong drugs, believed to be blue diazepam tablets, being circulated in the Southwick area.
Detective Chief Inspector Sean McGuigan, of Northumbria Police, has warned anyone in possession of these tablets not to take them.
He said: “First and foremost, our thoughts go out to the loved ones of the woman who has sadly died and we are continuing to establish the circumstances around her death. Although our investigation is still at a very early stage, we are warning people against taking these tablets.
“Unless you have been properly prescribed medication via your doctor or pharmacy, you can never be sure what substances contain and the impact they could have on you. The risks of taking illegal substances are well documented and we would urge people to think about the potential consequences and not to take them.
“It is important that any illegal drugs are disposed of safely and not left in public – and they can be taken to police stations. As our investigations continues we would also encourage anyone with information about the drugs in question to contact us at the earliest opportunity.”
Anyone who has information about the drugs should contact Northumbria Police using the ‘Tell Us Something’ page on their website or by calling on 101. Anyone who has taken these drugs and needs emergency medical attention should always call 999.