South Shields ‘drug death’ man named

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A 20-year-old man who died in South Shields after taking what is believed to be a home-made Ecstasy tablet has been named.

Yesterday, an inquest was opened and adjourned into the death of Christopher Dean Owens, of Lumley Avenue, South Shields.

Police were called at 2.20pm on Sunday by the ambulance service after a man was taken to South Tyneside District Hospital.

He subsequently died, and it is believed he had taken illegal drugs.

The tablet was a pale green colour, and anyone else who believes they have taken a tablet from the same batch is urged to seek medical assistance immediately.

Detective Inspector Paul Woods said: “These tablets are potentially very dangerous, and anyone thinking of taking any drug, particularly one similar to this, should not.

“If anyone thinks they have taken this drug, they should seek immediate medical attention.”

South Tyneside coroner Terence Carney has also expressed his concerns for members of the public taking any similar tablets.

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