Published On: Mon, Jan 26th, 2015 on 4:00 pm

Investigation launched after eight taken ill in hospital

Leeds General Infirmary

The Leeds General Infirmary.

Police have launched an investigation after eight people apparently consumed what is believed to be ecstasy.

At 8pm yesterday, police were contacted by Leeds General Infirmary staff reporting a total of eight people attending at the hospital and at St James’s Hospital suffering symptoms of abnormally fast heart rate, dizziness, sweating and dilated pupils.

Kept under close observation, the majority of the patients were aged in their early 20s.

It is believed they had taken MDMA, also known as ecstasy.

“It is unusual”

Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Atkinson, Head of Leeds District Reactive CID, said: “We are currently conducting enquiries alongside our partners in the health service to establish the full circumstances surrounding these incidents.

“While it’s not uncommon for people to attend hospital at the weekend suffering the adverse effects of having taken controlled drugs, it is unusual for such a large number of people to present with similar symptoms over a relatively short period of time.

“While we can’t draw any firm conclusions as it stands, it may be that there is something in circulation being sold as MDMA or ecstasy which is causing people to suffer these ill effects.”

People who feel ill after taking any substance have been advised to seek urgent medical attention.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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