Three people have been arrested in connection with the death of an 18-year-old girl who took drugs at a nightclub in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
The teenager is believed to have taken MDMA, which is often referred to as Ecstasy, at the Warehouse nightclub, in Byker, before falling ill and being rushed to hospital in the early hours of Sunday, November 6.
A statement from Northumbria Police said: “At around 4.40am on Sunday morning, police received a report that an 18-year-old girl had fallen ill at the Warehouse nightclub in the Byker area of the city. She was taken to hospital by paramedics but her condition deteriorated and she sadly passed away.”
An investigation was launched and three men, two aged 19 and one 21-year-old, have been arrested on suspicion of supplying illegal drugs.
The police have also issued a warning to anyone who may have attended the Shindig event at the nightclub on Saturday, November 5, to seek medical help if they took any drugs at the venue. Officers are concerned others may be at risk if the MDMA was from a bad batch.
A statement released from the team behind the Shindig events said that everyone involved was “extremely devastated”.
It said: “Shindig Events and Hoults Yard are currently working very close with the police and medical services to understand more about the circumstances surrounding the incident but would like to send our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.”
Women are more at risk from MDMA
This year’s Global Drugs Survey found that MDMA is more dangerous for women than men. It is believed that this could be due to the presence of the female hormone oestrogen, which makes women more likely to retain water after taking the drug, which could lead to swelling in the brain.
The report claims the number of women needing emergency medical treatment after taking MDMA has increased four-fold in the last three years.
The survey’s founder Dr Adam Winstock said: “What I would say to female ecstasy users is that you need to more careful than men. Women appear to be more at risk of harm.
Everyone has to be careful, but I think women need to pay extra attention to things like how much they are using, how they are mixing, where they are and who they’re with.”
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