Police today issued a warning over the dangers of taking drugs - including medication not prescribed.
The warning follows concerns around a drug known as ‘pinkie’ which are pink coloured tablets.
It is not known if tit is an illegal drug or unprescribed medication.
In the past week, two men in their 30s have died and a woman in her 20s is in a serious condition in hospital in Blyth after taking drugs.
While it is not known whether or not the three took ‘pinkies’, police want to remind people of the dangers of taking illegal substances and medication that has not been prescribed to them.
Superintendent Lisa Orchard said: “Drugs are illegal for a reason - they are simply not safe and drug users are taking a huge risk by taking them.
“Likewise the consequences of taking medication that has not been prescribed can be very serious.
“Our advice is simply do not take illegal drugs or medication that has not been prescribed.
“Anyone who has taken an illegal substance or medication that has not been prescribed to them and falls ill should seek immediate medial attention.
“People who have prescribed medication should continue to take this as advised by their doctor.”
“An investigation into the supply of these tablets has begun and I would urge anyone who has any information to come forward and speak to us.”
Two people - a man and woman - have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in drugs supply.
Anyone with information that can help police with their enquiries should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.