Teenager critical five more in hospital as police issue drugs warning

Police are issuing a drug warning after a number of teenagers were taken to hospital in Gateshead. 

Just after midnight in the early hours of Saturday, March 14, police were called to an address in Well Lane after a 15-year-old male was found unconscious. He has been taken to hospitalfor treatment. Another teenager from the address was also taken to hospital after becoming unwell. 

The report followed three reports duringthe evening of Friday, March 13, of five youths being treated by paramedics and taken to hospital after becoming unwell in the Metro Centre area. 

Six of the seven teenagers remain in hospital at this time with one in a critical but stable condition. 

Enquiries lead police to believe theteenagers may have taken the illegal substance known as ‘bubble’.

Bubble, otherwise known as Mephedrone, is a class b illegal drug that can cause harmful side effects to those who take it.

Five people have been arrested in connection with the investigation and are currently in custody and enquiries are ongoing.

It is not known whether or not all ofthe cases are linked at this time, however police are warning anyone aboutthe dangers of taking illegal drugs and urging anyone who may have takenan illegal drug and feels unwell to seek medical advice immediately.

Anyone who needs emergency medical attentionshould call 999.