Professor Matthew Makin, the Medical Director of the Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust says those taking MDMA also known as ecstasy are "taking their lives into their own hands".
He supports calls for the routine testing of pills at venues and festivals in a bid to keep people safe.
It's been described as playing Russian roulette with your life.
Two mums who've lost their daughters after they took the drug MDMA also known as ecstasy have spoken out to warn others the risks are simply too high.
It follows the death of a man and 4 people remain critically ill in hospital in Oldham after taking a particularly potent form of the drug at the weekend.
Medics say the side effects from this drug are 'horrific'
Bomb disposal officers are at a flat in Stockport after police said ‘suspicious items’ were found inside.
Police have stressed that the incident is not believed to be terrorism related.
It’s being described as an isolated incident although it’s not known whether residents are being evacuated from their homes.
Police were called shortly before 3.40pm to reports that suspicious items had been found at a flat on The Hollins in Marple.
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“As with any discovery of items that appear suspicious, we take all reports extremely seriously and will respond as a matter of urgency to negate any threat to people’s safety, which is why bomb disposal officers will be attending.
“It’s important to note that this is not believed to be terror related and it’s understood this is an isolated incident.”
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Doctors in Oldham have repeated an urgent warning about the dangers of a drug that's left a man dead and four people fighting for their lives in hospital.
It's believed the substance was the crystal form of ecstasy known as MDMA. Detectives say anyone who has taken the drug - which may be known as 'magic' or 'pink champagne' should seek medical help.
Professor Matthew Makin, Medical Director for The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust says the risk is too high for people to ignore.