Two men aged 23 were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug and have been bailed.
Six men aged 19 to 22 were taken to hospital overnight from a house at Ripon Gardens in Newcastle. One of the men is critically ill. Police believe the six had taken a hallucinogenic drug.
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Mike Barton of Durham Police is the national policing lead for the programme, which aims to turn around thousands of lives.
Ian Carr was found by the occupants of the home and stayed there snoozing until the police arrived and woke him up.
A security guard was threatened with a knife as the pair stole a black cash box before making off in a waiting car.