Man fighting for life and four others rushed to hospital after taking drugs

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A MAN is fighting for his life as five people were rushed to hospital after taking a suspect batch of heroin.

Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service were called to the Norfolk Hotel guest house in Norfolk Street, Sunderland, at 1.50pm on Saturday, May 2, after a 43-year-old man was found unconscious. He was taken to the Sunderland Royal Hospital and it is believed he had taken some heroin which was stronger than usual.

His condition is critical and described as life threatening.

There were four other people at the premises who are also believed to have taken these drugs. They were all conscious but feeling unwell. They were also taken by ambulance to SRH and were released following treatment.

Chief Inspector Neil Robson, of Northumbria Police, said: “We’re carrying out inquiries to establish exactly what has happened and to locate the source of this batch of heroin. However, we want to remind and warn people of the dangers of taking illegal drugs, or indeed any drugs that have not been prescribed to them.

“If anyone has taken an illegal substance and becomes unwell they should seek medical advice immediately.

“Those with any information about this drug, including its whereabouts and its source, should contact us as soon as possible.”

Following inquiries four people have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in supplying controlled drugs.

Three men aged 38, 41 and 42 and a 37-year-old woman remain in custody helping police with their inquiries.

To report information about drugs and drugs supply contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 655 020515.

Anyone who needs emergency medical attention should call 999.

For further information and advice in relation to drugs visit www.frank.com or www.hiwecanhelp.co.uk