Cleveland Police Warning Over Drugs

Officers in Cleveland are warning of the dangers of a drug believed to be in circulation in the Guisborough area after three people were hospitalised.

Yesterday police searched five locations in the Guisborough area as a result of concerns over a suspected illegal substance believed to be in circulation.

Three people from the Guisborough area, a male and female aged 16 and a 41-year-old woman were taken to James Cook University Hospital suffering from the effects of the drug. All have now been released following treatment.

The substance is described as an off-white crystalline substance, similar in appearance to rock salt and dangerous effects of the substance can include:

• Making people over active, anxious, panicky, confused, agitated, paranoid or even acutely psychotic (this is a mental state when you see or hear things which aren’t there and have delusions),
• It can put a strain on your heart and can cause heart problems which can be fatal if you have a pre-existing heart problem.
• If the substance is mixed with alcohol is can put an extra strain on the body.

A 16-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Detective Inspector Christian Ellis, from the Community Drug Enforcement Team, said: "The police took divisive action yesterday after concerns regarding a substance that is believed to be in circulation in Guisborough. If ingested the drug has the potential, even in small amounts, to cause serious damage to health. We would advise anyone who may have taken the substance to seek medical assistance."

"We will continue to take action against those who supply these drugs and would urge members of the public to inform the police who is involved in drugs activity in their communities."

Anyone with information on drugs activity in their area can contact the Community Drugs Enforcement Team on 0800 092 9702 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. If members of the public require support for themselves or others with on going drug use or addiction they can contact the independent charity Lifeline on 01642 481032 for support.

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