Warning over 'crudely produced' LSD-style drugs after teenager, 19, dies in Essex flat

  • Teenager dies after taking poorly-produced drug
  • Police say the LSD-style drug is a white powder
  • Warn it could be produced by criminals and is unsafe

By Sara Smyth

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Dangerous drugs circulating in the Essex area are said to be connected to the death of a 19-year-old man.

The 19-year-old died at a flat in Witham, Essex after taking some of the 'crudely-produced' drugs from the LSD family, known as 2CE.

Two other men thought to have taken the drug became ill during the incident but recovered after hospital treatment.

A 19-year-old man died at a flat in Witham, Essex after taking some of the 'crudely-produced' drugs from the LSD family, known as 2CE. Two other men from the area were taken by ambulance to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford

A 19-year-old man died at a flat in Witham, Essex after taking some of the 'crudely-produced' drugs from the LSD family, known as 2CE. Two other men from the area were taken by ambulance to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford

Detectives today warned there may be dangerous drugs in circulation after the death of a man who apparently took some.

The 19-year-old man, from the Braintree area, was found to have died at the scene by the ambulance service.

Another man, 18, from Braintree and a man, 21, from Witham were taken by ambulance to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford.

A police spokesman said: 'Detectives suspect the drugs are from a crudely-produced batch which has proved to be fatal.

 

'A forensic post-mortem examination will be held later today and toxicology tests will be carried out to establish how the teenager died.'

Detective Chief Inspector Anne Cameron said: 'We believe that one person has died and two others were taken ill because they have taken a drug that was poorly-produced by criminals who have no regard for the lives of their customers.

'Anyone with information about these drugs or anyone with any information about the death should contact us urgently.'

The spokesman added: 'Detectives would like to make the public aware of the danger that there may be other similar drugs in circulation.

'The drug has the physical appearance of a white crystal powder (similar to sugar) and has a hallucinogenic type of effect.

'The drug can be taken orally or ingested nasally. Anyone who may be in possession of this type of drug should stop using it with immediate effect.'

Two 19-year-old men from Braintree and a 21-year-old man from Witham have been arrested in connection with the investigation.

 

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Tragic.. Rest in peace xxxxx

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If we made one thing legal someone would produce a legal high that went higher and the same criminals would sell that. People greedy for what is not legal is half the problem, and will they always want more. The other half of the problem is people who don't have enough in themselves to get highs by how they live, without needing to change themselves with chemicals, and they too will always want more. .

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They never learn, do they?

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So the argument seems to be, legalise drugs and everything will be rosey. Legalised drugs will have to be produced by a legitimate pharmaceutical company who will sell the product at a price which makes a profit. The illegal drug dealers will then produce illegal drugs at a cheaper price, and so the circle continues. It is not rocket science......drugs kill... If the government allowed legal drugs to be sold then the relatives of those that overdosed will be seeking out lawyers to sue for compensation.

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If you are stupid enough to take drugs you accept the risk that they are made by criminals who care about nothing but money. I have no sympathy for anyone stupid enough to take drugs.

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Anyone who dabbles in drugs are gambling with their lives and they may of taken up the time of hospital staff who could of saved the life of someone who doesn't do drugs.

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Legalise, tax and sell to responsible adults in off licenses or pharmacies. Proof of age ID strictly enforced, harm reduction information readily available at the point of sale.

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Don't complain if these stupid idiotic people die !!! they are stupid enough to take drugs in the first place , with all the campaigning against drugs why????? Stupid stupid stupid!!! They can all read so why??????

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>Surely all illegal drugs are produced by criminals by definition! No. There's quite a few drugs illegal drugs that grow naturally.

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You can have fully legalized drugs or you can have a welfare state. The two don't mix at all.

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