13 March 2014

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On the 9 March 2014 Police Scotland provided an update on two boys who took ill following a house party in Coatbridge on Saturday 8 March 2014.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Livingstone from Coatbridge Police Office said:

“The two youths aged 16 and 17 years remain in Monklands Hospital after taking illegal drugs, including what is believed to be Ecstasy, possibly a red ‘Mortal Kombat’ tablet.

“We are continuing to work with our partner agencies including health officials and medical staff in connection with this investigation

“At this time our priority is to ensure that everyone who was at the house party is safe and well and officers are carrying out extensive enquiries to trace everyone involved.

“Further to previous warnings, I would again strongly advise people to avoid illicit drugs as their exact content is unknown and can contain dangerous chemicals. Users must be aware of these dangers and understand the devastating effect they can have.

Dr Neil Howie, NHS Lanarkshire Consultant in Emergency Medicine said:

“We cannot stress highly enough that anyone who takes an illicit drug is putting their health, and indeed their life, in jeopardy. Users can never actually be sure of what they are taking and what the contents are.

“We would urge anyone who has taken an ecstasy tablet, and in particularly Mortal Kombat, who feels unwell to seek urgent medical advice and treatment from their local hospital. Early warning signs include a feeling of agitation and distress and it is important that people are seen as early as possible if they experience any of these symptoms.”

Call 101 for non-emergencies and general enquiries, for medical emergencies contact 999 immediately, or for non-urgent medical advice contact your GP or NHS 24 on 08454 242424.

Please see Police Scotland news release.

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