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Two in intensive care after taking unprescribed medication

Four people are in hospital after taking unprescribed medication. Photo: PA

Two people are in intensive care and another two remain in hospital on the Isle of Wight after taking a mix of unprescribed drugs.

Hampshire police were called to Newport Bus Station on Wednesday following reports that a 32 year-old man and a 41 year-old woman had taken drugs and collapsed. Both were taken to St Mary's Hospital for treatment.

Shortly after, a 24 year-old man and an 18 year-old woman were also admitted to hospital in a serious condition. The force believe they took the same drugs.

Staff at St Mary's hospital have warned against the dangers of taking medicine that hasn't been prescribed - saying that it can cause 'serious health concerns.'

“We would strongly urge Islanders not to take medicine from unknown sources and only take medicine that has been prescribed for them. Taking medication that is unknown and un-prescribed can cause serious health concerns as we have seen today. "This action by a few individuals has placed additional pressures on our services. Ensuring our patients receive safe care is our absolute priority and for this reason a number of our patients may need to be transferred to the mainland because our Intensive Care Unit is full.

"Anyone offered drugs from an unknown source should report this to the Police on 101 immediately. Anyone concerned about substance misuse can find out more at the Talk to Frank website or by telephoning their helpline on 0300 123 6600. Anyone holding unwanted or surplus drugs should return them to their local pharmacy.”

– Alistair Flowerdew, Medical Director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust,

Police are asking for anyone with information to call 101 quoting 44180390117.