Oldham police issue warning as teenager remains critical after ecstasy overdose

OLDHAM POLICE have issued as a warning as a 16-year-old boy remains in a critical condition after taking ecstasy.

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Shortly before 4:25am on Saturday 21 May 2016 police were called an address on Elm Road in Oldham to reports that a 16-year-old boy had overdosed on ecstasy pills known as “Rockstar”.

The boy was taken to hospital for treatment where he remains in a critical condition.

It is believed the boy was at a private house party when he took the pills.

Sergeant John Coleman from GMP’s Oldham Division said “Our thoughts are with the 16-year-old boy and his family and friends at this difficult time.

“I am concerned that GMP is dealing with another young person who has taken ecstasy and ended up fighting for his life as a result.

“Over the past month we have had the death of a 15-year-old girl and the hospitalisation of two young women all after taking a variation of ecstasy.

“The boy and his friends took a type of ecstasy known as Rockstar. Obviously when the night began the youngsters did not expect to have their friend in a critical condition by morning.

“Our repeated warnings can only do so much. We want young people to look at the devastating effects ecstasy has had on other young people, even in the past month in Greater Manchester, and think twice.

“Young people are taking these drugs without considering the consequences. These drugs are illegal for a reason. They ruin people’s lives.

“Police will now be investigating how the teenagers got hold of these class A drugs and we will be working hard to find those who supplied them.”

Anyone with information about where this drug may have come from is asked to contact police on 101 as soon as possible, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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