Leeds Halloween contaminated GHB cases spark police warning

Contaminated drugs are believed to be the cause of four people in Leeds falling ill at a Halloween event in the early hours of this morning.

As a result, West Yorkshire police have issued a warning to the public about a suspected contaminated batch of the 'party drug' Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB).

"We would urge anyone who has recently purchased this substance in the Leeds area to throw it away, as it is possible there may be a contaminated batch in circulation," said Detective Inspector Jaz Khan, of Leeds District CID.

The four people affected - two men and two women - received emergency hospital treatment for suspected contaminated GHB overdose, after attending a Halloween night at The Pavilion at Elland Road.

Commenting further, Detective Inspector Khan said: "We would also ask anyone who attended the event at The Pavilion, who may have information about anyone selling controlled substances in the area last night, to contact us on 101 or report anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."

West Yorkshire police confirm that a 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs and is currently in custody while their enquiries continue.

GHB facts

· Across America, Europe and Australia, reports of the misuse of GHB have grown over the last two decades

· GHB has been classified as a Class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) in the UK since 2003

· Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a naturally occurring fatty acid found throughout the human body and its effects are similar to benzodiazepines, baclofen and alcohol.

Find out more about GHB.

Sources:

1. https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/news/drugs-warning-issued-after-suspected-ghb-overdoses

2. http://patient.info/doctor/gamma-hydroxybutyrate-and-gamma-butyrolactone-abuse

3. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/contaminated-drugs-warning-after-suspected-ghb-overdoses-at-leeds-s-centenary-pavilion-1-8209080