Nightclub bosses have appealed to revellers to take care over the Christmas period after the death of a teenager.
Nineteen-year-old Lauren Atkinson was found dead in a hotel room on the morning of Saturday, December 10. She had taken MDMA, often referred to as ecstasy, on a night out with a group of friends before her death.
Lauren, who came from Ulverston, in Cumbria, had been out to the Heldeep event at The Warehouse Project in Manchester’s Store Street. She went back to The City Warehouse ApartHotel in Manchester’s Great Ancoats Street but her body was discovered by friends at about 6am the following morning.
Four people, all from Cumbria, have been arrested on drugs charges in connection with her death.
A 24-year-old man and a 26-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply. A 24-year-old woman and a 26-year-old woman were also arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs.
People urged to take care over Christmas
A spokesman for The Warehouse Project said the club had been made aware of Lauren’s death.
He added: “We would like to continue strengthening our message, especially in the lead up to Christmas for party goers in Manchester and all over the country to act responsibly and look after each other.”
Earlier this year the London nightclub Fabric temporarily closed down after two people died after taking drugs at the venue. And official statistics show that the number of people dying after taking MDMA is actually increasing despite attempts to raise awareness of the risks.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics revealed that 50 people died after taking ecstasy in 2014, up from eight the previous year. One of the reasons is thought to be that pills being sold by dealers are now a lot stronger than in the past making them more dangerous for users.
If you are worried that someone you love is taking ecstasy, you can find out with a drugs test.
While blood and urine tests can only tell you if someone has consumed a substance recently, a hair strand test can tell you which drugs a person has taken over a longer period of time. Depending on the length of the sample, these type of tests can reveal what substances a person has taken over the last few months as evidence of drugs remains in the hair shaft as it grows.