A batch of “potentially fatal” ecstasy pills are on sale in St Helens, police in the borough are warning.
Officers are issuing the warning after they became aware of MDMA tabelts believed to be in circulation across the Merseyside region.
The pills appear to be shield shaped, orange/red in colour and bearing a ion or griffin logo on them.
Officers are concerned for people who may take them and do not know what they are taking.
Det Chief Insp Mark Kameen said: “It is not only illegal to buy and sell drugs, but taking illegal substances can also be very dangerous and potentially fatal.
“We are urging the public not to take any illegal drugs – you don’t know what’s in them, where they’ve come from or what effects they may have on you.
“There are significant risks with any drug misuse, especially when it involves drugs bought off the streets from unregulated sources. The effects of drugs are not always immediately apparent or can be delayed. This can sometimes result in people taking more in order to speed up the effects. This can have devastating results.
“We are asking people to use their common sense and not to take illegal, unregulated drugs.”
Anyone with any information about the supply of illegal drugs should contact police on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or for further information about drug use and abuse call FRANK on 0300 123 600 or visit www.talktofrank.com