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Warning Over 'Pink Pills' In Southampton
A warning’s being issued by police in Southampton about a batch of dangerous pills in circulation.
Police have received reports of people taking the pink-coloured pills and becoming violently ill.
Tests are ongoing to determine what is in the pills and therefore it is unknown at this stage whether the substances are legal or not.
Operation Fortress lead Detective Superintendent Kath Barnes said: “We are aware of two people in Southampton who’ve become ill since taking at least one of these pills in the last few days.
“The basic message remains that if you introduce unknown and untested chemicals into your body, you’re taking a risk with your health and potentially your life. You have no idea what effect they may have and the consequences could be lethal.
“Even if something is legal, it doesn’t make it fit for human consumption.
“One of the aims of Operation Fortress is to develop long-term solutions to reducing the demand for drugs and ultimately help reduce the harm of drug-related violence to our communities.
“As part of the campaign, we are working together with schools, colleges and drug treatment and support services to help educate young people about the risks of taking legal and illegal drugs.
“We want people to be fully informed about the risks they take and for everyone who lives and works in our community to act responsibly to help keep those around them safe.”
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