Greater Manchester police said the two 21-year-olds were left unconscious after taking the pills while at a nightclub on Princess Street in Manchester city center. The pills were believed to be MDMA tablets called “Lego” because they were in the shape of a red Lego brick.
It is the second warning within a week, the first having been issued over ecstasy pills known as “MasterCard”. Police urged anyone who may have taken one of the pills to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
GMP were notified shortly after 1.30am on Saturday by the ambulance service that the pair, from Stockport, were having an adverse reaction. They were unconscious when emergency services arrived, but regained consciousness in the ambulance and were taken to hospital for treatment.
Det Insp Brian Morley of GMP’s city centre division said: “These women are very lucky. I’m happy to be saying that they should make a full recovery, but the reality is, I could easily have been giving my condolences to their families instead.
“To those thinking about taking these drugs – they are illegal for a reason. I don’t want to have to repeat this statement next weekend, or ever, for that matter. Think of the bigger picture, are the potential consequences really worth it?”
Earlier this week Faye Allen, 17, died after taking the pink “MasterCard” pill, which is believed to have contained double the dose of MDMA normally found in an ecstasy tablet.
The Liverpool teenager had been at the Victoria Warehouse in Trafford, Greater Manchester, when she suffered “an adverse reaction” during the early hours of Monday.
Morley said he did not believe Greater Manchester had an increasing problem with party drugs but that young people were not listening to advice.
“Less than a week ago we had the sad death of a 17-year-old girl in Greater Manchester after taking an ecstasy pill. We hoped that this would act as a warning to other young people about putting these substances in their bodies: you really don’t know what you are taking or how it will affect you.
“Last week we were able to quickly make arrests connected to the supply of ecstasy tablets to the 17-year-old girl and her friends.”
Morley said police would be working hard to find those responsible for bringing class A drugs on to Manchester’s streets.
“Let this be a warning to anyone supplying class A drugs to young partygoers. You might tell yourself you are helping people to have a good time; you are not. You are changing lives, and in the worst possible way. The full force of the law will be brought down on you.”