Saturday, October 1, 2022

Essex Police issue warning over rogue batch of cocaine

POLICE have issued a warning to drug users after two people were taken to hospital with suspected drug poisoning from a dangerous batch of cocaine.

The warning to people in Essex was issued after an 18-year-old needed specialist heart treatment and another man was taken into intensive care.

Essex Police said both had taken cocaine and warned that dangerous batches could be in circulation.

Police, with the East of England Ambulance Service, issued the warning.

The force said an 18-year-old man from Chelmsford was undergoing specialist heart treatment today at Basildon University Hospital after ambulance crews were called at 08:00 BST to reports that he was having difficulties breathing after taking the drug.

Another patient, from the Tiptree area, was taken into intensive care at Broomfield Hospital on Friday night after ingesting cocaine. No further details of him have been released,

Police said: “Regular drug users are reminded not to source substances from unknown suppliers while others are advised to refrain from ingesting illegal drugs.”


  1. I was under the impression that cocaine was an illegal substance. Will the two patients be prosecuted? Seems to me that the police are saying that it’s okay to take the stuff as long as you know the suppliers, this cannot be right can it? These two people are taken the place of people who are genuinely ill – it makes my blood boil.


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