Warning to Liverpool students over party drug

Alloy wheel
Police say the legal high known as GEEBS is used to clean alloy wheels Photo: PA Images

Merseyside Police is issuing a warning to young people and students after three people were taken to hospital yesterday, in a criticial condition after taking a substance believed to be known as GEEBS.

Officers were called to student accommodation at Bordens Court, Liverpool city centre, at about 7.30am following reports of a concern for safety for three people who had collapsed in a communal area of the building.

On arrival officers found three people, two men aged 20 years from Kensington and 22 years from Huyton, and a female aged 16 years from Clubmoor, who were being tended to by paramedics.

All three were taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital where they were placed in intensive care.

The conditions of all three have improved significantly during the day and the 20-year-old man has now been discharged from hospital.

Although the investigation is in its early stages officers believe that the two men and the teenager had been to a party in Lawrence Road, Wavertree, and a number of clubs in the city centre prior to returning to the accommodation at Borden Court where they collapsed.

Officers have cordoned off the accommodation at Borden Court and the property at Lawrence Road and searches of both properties are ongoing.

Detective Superintendent Chris Green, said:

"As a result of our investigations we believe that the three people who collapsed in Borden Court this morning had taken a product called GEEBS, which is actually a chemical used to clean alloy wheels and is used as a legal high.

"We have consulted with the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and established that if taken this substance can have side effects, but at the end of the day this substance is a chemical used to clean car wheels and even in small doses can kill.

" He added: "We believe that the three people who are currently in hospital had been to a number of clubs in the city and a party in Lawrence Road, Wavertree before they returned to Borden Court.

"We have spoken to a number of people who were at the party at Lawrence Road but we know that there were other people who were at the party and we would like them to come forward for two reasons.

The first to check that they are safe and well and secondly to see if they have any information which could help us with our inquiries."

"We will be working with universities in the city in the coming days to warn students about the dangers that drugs and chemicals can have when taken, particularly if mixed with alcohol, or other substances.

"We understand that the three people involved may have taken other substances and as a precaution checks are underway to establish what those drugs were and to ensure that they have not taken drugs that are part of a bad batch."

Anyone who was at the party in Lawrence Road, or who has any information which could help the police with their inquiries can contact detectives at St Anne Street police station on 0151 777 6064, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.