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Drug warning after Renfrew woman's death

Police have issued a drugs warning to the public after the death of a 19-year-old woman in Renfrew.

The teenager took ill at about 22:15 on Sunday at a house on Paisley Road and died in hospital a short time later.

Police said the death was "unexplained" but one line of inquiry was that she may have taken an illegal substance.

Ch Insp Arlene Smith said it was thought that the drug involved was M-Cat although witnesses believed the woman could also have taken ketamine.

Four other people - two men and two women - who were in the house at the time were also taken to the Southern General and Royal Alexandra Hospitals and are being treated after showing symptoms consistent with drug misuse.

Ch Insp Smith said: "Extensive inquiries are continuing into the circumstances of the woman's death, and although unconfirmed, one of the lines of inquiry is that prior to her taking unwell she may have taken an illegal substance."

"Given that other people have also fallen ill and are currently in hospital Police Scotland has taken the decision to issue a warning."

Police Scotland is also appealing for information from anyone who may have attended a party in the Renfrew area over the weekend and has any information which can help officers progress their inquiry.

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