One dead and one in hospital with suspected drugs poisoning
ONE man has died and a second man is in a critical condition after suspected drugs poisoning.
Ambulances and Gardaí were called to the scene of a house in the Co Donegal village of St Johnston in the early hours of this morning.
The 22-year-old man who died was originally from Raphone and had been out on Sunday night at a birthday party.
His body remained at the scene until this morning before it was removed after Garda forensic officers completed an examination of the house on St Johnston’s Main Street.
Four people were taken to hospital, an 18-year-old woman and three men aged 18, 22 and 25.
A post mortem examination on the dead man is expected to take place later.
Gardai said they were investigating “all the circumstances” of the death.
Dozens of friends paid tribute to the dead man on social media today.
“Please tell me this is all a nightmare,” wrote one girl.
Another friend posted: “Can’t believe you’re gone. You are the best.”
It’s understood Gardaí were alerted by ambulance staff after a ‘999’ call at 4.30am.
The HSE Public Health Department in the North West issued a statement this afternoon saying it had become aware of a number of people with serious illness requiring medical treatment/intervention as a result of taking substances including an ecstasy like substance known as Double Cross and/or Double Black.
The Public Health Department is advising that people should not take these substances and if their friends are in possession of these that they should not be consumed. Those who take drugs should be specifically warned of potential dangers linked to these substances or using drugs in combinations.
"It is important that anyone displaying negative side effects following the use of drugs seek medical help immediately,” said the spokeswoman.