Drugs leave Glasgow clubbers in hospital

Nine people were admitted to hospital in the early hours of the morning after taking drugs in Glasgow city centre.

The seven men and two women became seriously ill between 01:00 and 04:00.

They were all aged between 17 and 22 and were said to have taken a combination of tablets and powders.

Strathclyde Police said it was "unusual" for so many people to have been admitted to hospital over such a short period of time with similar symptoms.

The people who were admitted to hospital had been at various locations across the city and were not part of one group.

However, six of the nine cases had been at the same city centre night club, which has a capacity of 3,000 people.

Of those affected, eight were admitted to Glasgow Royal Infirmary and one to the Western Infirmary. Two were taken by ambulance, while the remainder were self-referrals.

They were all reported to be agitated and showing signs of high blood pressure, high fevers and seizures.

Supt Kirk Kinnell said: "We are taking this matter extremely seriously and are currently carrying out extensive inquiries to establish where these drugs have come from.

"Searches are being carried out at a number of venues in connection with this inquiry.

"Taking any type of illegal drug is dangerous; often these substances contain a cocktail of ingredients which can vary from pill to pill. The effects can be unpredictable and can cause serious harm."

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