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One man killed and four others critical after taking 'pink champagne' MDMA-based drug

The 'pink champagne' MDMA comes in crystals and could be fatal, police warned. Credit: PA

One man has died and four others are in critical condition after taking MDMA over the weekend, police said.

A 26-year-old man from Rochdale died in hospital while being treated.

A total of 11 people were hospitalised over the weekend after taking the drugs, four of whom are in intensive care, Manchester Police said.

All of the patients are believed to have taken the same MDMA-based drug known as locally as "pink champagne" or "magic".

Officers have warned members of the public that the substance could be fatal.

The drug is believed to come in crystal form and is highly potent, with many of the people police have spoken to saying that this is the first time they have seen or heard of the drug.

Concerns amongst medical professionals and police are high given the potential for serious harm and even lethal consequences for those who have taken it.

– Manchester Police
Police have said anyone who has taken the drug should seek medical help. Credit: PA

Officers have also warned people to seek urgent medical advice if they think they have taken the drug. In a statement, they said warning symptoms of an overdose which requires immediate hospital treatment could include:

  • Rigid muscles
  • Shallow breathing
  • Fast racing pulse
  • Hyper-aggression or mania
  • Seizure
  • Foaming at mouth
  • Unconsciousness

Chief Superintendent Neil Evans said the cases were "extremely worrying".

I would like to reiterate the dangers of taking this or any recreational drug.

We have sadly had one person tragically die as a result of taking MDMA this weekend and others are fighting for their lives.

We will be supporting their devastated families, I hope we don’t have to support even more families, cases like this are ones that we always hope we don’t have to deal with.

– Neil Evans

Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 9063 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.