SOUTH Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck has warned of the dangers of drug-taking following the death of a man in her constituency.
Christopher Owens, of Lumley Avenue, South Shields, died at South Tyneside District Hospital on Sunday morning after taking ill at his home.
The 20-year-old is thought to have taken a homemade Ecstasy tablet.
Mrs Lewell-Buck said: “I don’t know about the circumstances surrounding Christopher’s death, but we need to raise awareness of cases like this, which show how young people can lose their lives.”
She also expressed fears that, due to the economic downturn, some people might be turning to DIY drugs to save money.
She says she is dismayed at the ease with which information about drug-making can be accessed on the internet, but accepted it is hard for the Government to try to block it.
Mrs Lewell-Buck, a former social worker, added: “I know from my time working in child protection that children will experiment with drugs from time to time, and if they can get them cheaper then they will.”
Mr Owens, who worked at car giant Nissan, was taken to hospital by ambulance.
Police were called to the South Tyneside District Hospital at 2.20pm.
It is thought that Mr Owens took a pale green tablet.
Anyone else who believes they have taken a tablet from the same batch is urged to seek medical assistance immediately.
South Tyneside coroner Terence Carney has also expressed his concerns for members of the public taking any similar tablets, and has opened and adjourned an inquest.
Anyone who needs emergency medical attention should call 999.
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