Residents have spoken of their shock after three teenagers were hospitalised after taking prescription drugs in Sunderland.
The boys, aged 14, 15 and 16, took ill on Sunday evening after they consumed tablets believed to have been prescribed for Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
They remain in hospital, however they are now said to be awake and in a stable condition.
Police believe they took the drugs, which were in a blister pack, in a public place – possibly around Kidd Square in Downhill – and officers are continuing to search the area for outstanding tablets.
Anyone who finds the tablets is urged to contact the police immediately.
Redhill ward Councillor Paul Stewart said: “Clearly it is a major concern when these things happen and I wish the boys a speedy recovery.
Clearly it is a major concern when these things happen and I wish the boys a speedy recovery. Then we have the issue of the potential of drugs being still in that area. That is a major worry.Coun Paul Stewart
“Then we have the issue of the potential of drugs being still in that area. That is a major worry.”
Downhill residents have told the Echo of their shock at what happened.
A 58-year-old woman, who did not wish to be named, said: “I have a grandbairn that age, so it is a worry. Where did they get these drugs from? It must be terrible for their families.”
Another resident added: “I hope they pull through. It was a silly thing to do but we’ve all been young and silly.”
On the Echo’s facebook page, Tina McCormick wrote: “Great news, the boys are awake and talking thanks to everyone who had nice things to say.”
Mel Collins added: “Very silly boys. I’ve got Multiple Sclerosis and I would not take my MS drugs if I didn’t have to. Hope they make a full recovery.”
Anyone who finds any missing tablets is asked to call 101, extension 69191, quoting reference 1197 of 17/05/15.