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Warning after two men fall ill following suspected drug use

Map of where the men fell ill Credit: ITV

A drug warning has been issued to people in Carlisle after two people were taken ill from what police say is suspected drug use.

Two men from Carlisle have been admitted to the Cumberland Infirmary after suffering breathing problems. They are not thought to be in a life threatening condition.

The first report was received at 4pm (Thursday 28th July) when a 36-year-old man collapsed on English Street.

The second report was made at 5.55pm when a 31-year-old man collapsed on Prescott Road.

Early enquiries suggest that the drug the men may have taken is called Blue Valium.

We are urging all users to be wary of these two incidents that have occurred today in Carlisle. Our advice is not to take any illegal substances or so-called legal highs as the risks involved in consuming these can be life threatening.

“It is believed that both men admitted to hospital may have taken a drug called Blue Valium, if you are offered this drug or have it in your possession please do not consume as it is very dangerous. You cannot be sure of what the drug contains and therefore could cause fatal consequences. Please for your own safety do not take any illegal drugs.

“It is still early into our enquiries in identifying the source and we appeal for anyone with information on the supply of drugs to get in touch.”

Anyone who has taken such a drug or is feeling unwell is urged to seek medical assistance.

– Chief Inspector Andy Wilkinson

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