Posted: Wed 10th May 2023

Flintshire teenagers rushed to hospital after taking illegal substances

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, May 10th, 2023

Police have said they are aware of children becoming “seriously ill after being sold dangerous and illegal substances in the Flintshire area.”

An investigation has been launched following the hospitalisation of two teenagers after consuming a dangerous cocktail of alcohol and illegal substances, believed to include ketamine.

Last week, the teenagers, aged 14 and 15, were rushed to Alder Hey Hospital, sparking a police investigation and public appeal for information.

Authorities are keen to gather details about these incidents and any information on the supply of illegal substances in the area.

Prevention Hub Inspector Geraint Richards said: “Reports of teenagers being hospitalised following drug use is extremely concerning for the community.

“The supply of illicit substances to children is appalling. Appropriate robust action will be taken against those suspected of any involvement.

“School Liaison Officers are contacting and visiting secondary schools in the local area to educate young people about the dangerous and potentially serious consequences of experimenting with drugs and alcohol.

“If anyone has any information about either of the above incidents, or the supply of illegal substances, specifically that of ketamine, I urge members of the public to contact police.”

Community Services Manager from the Harm Reduction Service, Kirsty Brooke, said: “The best way to stay safe and avoid the risks of using drugs alcohol is to not use them at all.

“But if you do intend to use alcohol and/or drugs, it is a good idea to make sure you have the right information to help you make safer choices.

“Using any drug can be risky, but mixing different drugs and alcohol together can make the effects of the substances unpredictable and may lead to you feeling unwell.

“To learn more about staying safe and advice about drugs and alcohol contact the Welsh Drug and Alcohol Helpline DAN24/7 for free on 0808 808 2234 or text DAN to 81066.”

If anyone has any information about either of the above incidents, or the supply of illegal substances, contact us via our website, by calling 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers quoting reference 23000377996.

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