Deaths spark ecstasy pills warning

Police in the North West are warning that a contaminated batch of ecstasy tablets could be circulating following the deaths of two young men from the same town.

Gareth Ashton, 28, who died at Wigan Infirmary on Monday, and 19-year-old Jordan Chambers, who died at Oldham Hospital on Sunday, were described as "apparently fit young men".

The pair, both from Wigan, were admitted to hospital after complaining of feeling unwell and suffered the same symptoms. Greater Manchester Police are investigating where the men had been socialising and if they were out together when they took the pills.

Several others went to hospital suffering similar symptoms but no one is still being treated, said Superintendent Andrea Jones.

A third man, a 26-year-old, died in Liverpool on Sunday and is believed to have taken tablets - possibly ecstasy - before he collapsed. Greater Manchester Police are not currently linking his death to the two in their region, but said they could not discount a connection.

The drugs thought to be contaminated are brightly coloured heart-shaped ecstasy tablets which come in purple, green, red and yellow.

Ms Jones urged anyone with information on such pills to come forward to help them with their inquiries. Toxicology tests are due to take place to establish how Mr Ashton and Mr Chambers died.

Ms Jones said: "Both had taken drugs, admitted to taking drugs, prior to being admitted to hospital, and our concern is that in circulation in the Wigan area, there could be these contaminated drugs."

She said Wigan is not thought to have a particular drug problem and that Greater Manchester Police are liaising with other forces. Members of the public were warned of the risks of taking illegal drugs.

"These illegal drugs - nobody knows what poisons they contain, what toxic chemicals they contain," added Ms Jones.

The 26-year-old who died in Liverpool is not thought to be from the Merseyside area.

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7:51am Wed 23 Jan 13

smith&weston says...

You choose to stick illegal substances in to your body, you gamble. Simple as that. Police should be concerned only with cutting off the supply of drugs, not worrying whether they are good quality or bad quality.
You choose to stick illegal substances in to your body, you gamble. Simple as that. Police should be concerned only with cutting off the supply of drugs, not worrying whether they are good quality or bad quality. smith&weston

2:32pm Wed 23 Jan 13

MrBenggo says...

Let this be a warning,taking drugs is dangerous,I entirely agree with "smith&weston in his post.
Years ago the parents of a young woman named Leah Betts gave an ecstacy tablet to their daughter as a birthday present and the daughter died.
The day that people come to realize that drug taking is dangerous cannot come to soon.
Let this be a warning,taking drugs is dangerous,I entirely agree with "smith&weston in his post. Years ago the parents of a young woman named Leah Betts gave an ecstacy tablet to their daughter as a birthday present and the daughter died. The day that people come to realize that drug taking is dangerous cannot come to soon. MrBenggo

2:33pm Sat 26 Jan 13

anthonywilson says...

MrBenggo wrote:
Let this be a warning,taking drugs is dangerous,I entirely agree with "smith&west
on in his post.
Years ago the parents of a young woman named Leah Betts gave an ecstacy tablet to their daughter as a birthday present and the daughter died.
The day that people come to realize that drug taking is dangerous cannot come to soon.
Hope you have a good solicitor making completely false comments and allegations like that about Leah Betts parents which aren't true. If you had bothered to ever read "The Party's Over" the book written about her tragic death you might learn discover the full story instead of posting malicious lies that might see you end up in a court.
[quote][p][bold]MrBenggo[/bold] wrote: Let this be a warning,taking drugs is dangerous,I entirely agree with "smith&west on in his post. Years ago the parents of a young woman named Leah Betts gave an ecstacy tablet to their daughter as a birthday present and the daughter died. The day that people come to realize that drug taking is dangerous cannot come to soon.[/p][/quote]Hope you have a good solicitor making completely false comments and allegations like that about Leah Betts parents which aren't true. If you had bothered to ever read "The Party's Over" the book written about her tragic death you might learn discover the full story instead of posting malicious lies that might see you end up in a court. anthonywilson

2:41pm Sat 26 Jan 13

MrBenggo says...

anthonywilson wrote:
MrBenggo wrote:
Let this be a warning,taking drugs is dangerous,I entirely agree with "smith&west

on in his post.
Years ago the parents of a young woman named Leah Betts gave an ecstacy tablet to their daughter as a birthday present and the daughter died.
The day that people come to realize that drug taking is dangerous cannot come to soon.
Hope you have a good solicitor making completely false comments and allegations like that about Leah Betts parents which aren't true. If you had bothered to ever read "The Party's Over" the book written about her tragic death you might learn discover the full story instead of posting malicious lies that might see you end up in a court.
This was the story printed in the press at that time,and I never saw anything else to the contrary,so if you are talking solicitors,I suggest you see the press complaints authority.
[quote][p][bold]anthonywilson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrBenggo[/bold] wrote: Let this be a warning,taking drugs is dangerous,I entirely agree with "smith&west on in his post. Years ago the parents of a young woman named Leah Betts gave an ecstacy tablet to their daughter as a birthday present and the daughter died. The day that people come to realize that drug taking is dangerous cannot come to soon.[/p][/quote]Hope you have a good solicitor making completely false comments and allegations like that about Leah Betts parents which aren't true. If you had bothered to ever read "The Party's Over" the book written about her tragic death you might learn discover the full story instead of posting malicious lies that might see you end up in a court.[/p][/quote]This was the story printed in the press at that time,and I never saw anything else to the contrary,so if you are talking solicitors,I suggest you see the press complaints authority. MrBenggo

2:52pm Sat 26 Jan 13

anthonywilson says...

MrBenggo wrote:
anthonywilson wrote:
MrBenggo wrote:
Let this be a warning,taking drugs is dangerous,I entirely agree with "smith&west


on in his post.
Years ago the parents of a young woman named Leah Betts gave an ecstacy tablet to their daughter as a birthday present and the daughter died.
The day that people come to realize that drug taking is dangerous cannot come to soon.
Hope you have a good solicitor making completely false comments and allegations like that about Leah Betts parents which aren't true. If you had bothered to ever read "The Party's Over" the book written about her tragic death you might learn discover the full story instead of posting malicious lies that might see you end up in a court.
This was the story printed in the press at that time,and I never saw anything else to the contrary,so if you are talking solicitors,I suggest you see the press complaints authority.
I seem to recall another story being "printed in the press" around April 1989 about the Hillsborough Stadium disaster but it didn't make it true.

http://news.bbc.co.u
k/onthisday/hi/dates
/stories/november/13
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[quote][p][bold]MrBenggo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anthonywilson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrBenggo[/bold] wrote: Let this be a warning,taking drugs is dangerous,I entirely agree with "smith&west on in his post. Years ago the parents of a young woman named Leah Betts gave an ecstacy tablet to their daughter as a birthday present and the daughter died. The day that people come to realize that drug taking is dangerous cannot come to soon.[/p][/quote]Hope you have a good solicitor making completely false comments and allegations like that about Leah Betts parents which aren't true. If you had bothered to ever read "The Party's Over" the book written about her tragic death you might learn discover the full story instead of posting malicious lies that might see you end up in a court.[/p][/quote]This was the story printed in the press at that time,and I never saw anything else to the contrary,so if you are talking solicitors,I suggest you see the press complaints authority.[/p][/quote]I seem to recall another story being "printed in the press" around April 1989 about the Hillsborough Stadium disaster but it didn't make it true. http://news.bbc.co.u k/onthisday/hi/dates /stories/november/13 /newsid_2516000/2516 593.stm anthonywilson

2:57pm Sat 26 Jan 13

MrBenggo says...

When all the public have to go on for the news,is tv and radio news and newspapers,how are the public expected to know which is fact and which is fiction?
When all the public have to go on for the news,is tv and radio news and newspapers,how are the public expected to know which is fact and which is fiction? MrBenggo

3:08pm Sat 26 Jan 13

anthonywilson says...

MrBenggo wrote:
When all the public have to go on for the news,is tv and radio news and newspapers,how are the public expected to know which is fact and which is fiction?
Don't beleive everything you read.

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. or "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing'
[quote][p][bold]MrBenggo[/bold] wrote: When all the public have to go on for the news,is tv and radio news and newspapers,how are the public expected to know which is fact and which is fiction?[/p][/quote]Don't beleive everything you read. "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. or "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing' anthonywilson

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8:33pm Sat 26 Jan 13

frankly says...

thing is, some of these young know alls wont take any advice, so you are just wasting your breath with a lot of them...the drug culture will never change now, its got us by the proverbials
thing is, some of these young know alls wont take any advice, so you are just wasting your breath with a lot of them...the drug culture will never change now, its got us by the proverbials frankly

9:11pm Sun 27 Jan 13

saintsfan says...

frankly wrote:
thing is, some of these young know alls wont take any advice, so you are just wasting your breath with a lot of them...the drug culture will never change now, its got us by the proverbials
That need not be the case. Look at smoking and how increased pressure has changed the culture. Sure, people still smoke - and I personally have no problem with that. But those who don't smoke now have the uppper hand and smoking per se is no longer socially acceptable. However, there is no such pressure in relation to drugs - which aren't even legal (unlike smoking) - and the police always seem to want to take the easier route, or do nothing at all as in my area. If law enforcement began enforcing the law and the government started making out drug users as being lepers in the way they have smokers then the tide could turn.
[quote][p][bold]frankly[/bold] wrote: thing is, some of these young know alls wont take any advice, so you are just wasting your breath with a lot of them...the drug culture will never change now, its got us by the proverbials[/p][/quote]That need not be the case. Look at smoking and how increased pressure has changed the culture. Sure, people still smoke - and I personally have no problem with that. But those who don't smoke now have the uppper hand and smoking per se is no longer socially acceptable. However, there is no such pressure in relation to drugs - which aren't even legal (unlike smoking) - and the police always seem to want to take the easier route, or do nothing at all as in my area. If law enforcement began enforcing the law and the government started making out drug users as being lepers in the way they have smokers then the tide could turn. saintsfan

10:24pm Sun 27 Jan 13

frankly says...

when you put it like that saintsfan you have a point..i smoke, but try not to annoy others with it because i know my family of non smokers dont like it..But they dont object to something i have done for 60 years...Their isnt many places i can smoke now, but i dont object to that.....And we are saving the tax going onto other things if it was outlawed
when you put it like that saintsfan you have a point..i smoke, but try not to annoy others with it because i know my family of non smokers dont like it..But they dont object to something i have done for 60 years...Their isnt many places i can smoke now, but i dont object to that.....And we are saving the tax going onto other things if it was outlawed frankly

10:21am Mon 28 Jan 13

retro 1 says...

i think the police should concentrate on stoppin the dealers and give them proper sentences when there caught instead of givin em a slap on the hand ,but there again if you mess with fire chances are youll get burned
i think the police should concentrate on stoppin the dealers and give them proper sentences when there caught instead of givin em a slap on the hand ,but there again if you mess with fire chances are youll get burned retro 1

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