Two men are reported dead today in the UK after allegedly taking a dangerous pill sold as ‘ecstasy’. Police are warning civilians against the pill, marked by a unique ‘lion’ or ‘griffin’ emblem, shaped like a shield.

John Milburn, 19, died in an ambulance en route to a hospital, after emergency services responded to a call from Nation nightclub in Liverpool. Another man, 47-year-old Andrew Glaister, has also died, and is suspected to stem from similar circumstances at the same nightclub.

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Det Chief Insp Mark Kameen said today: “We have launched a comprehensive investigation into the tragic deaths of these two men. At this stage of the investigation, we are exploring a number of lines of enquiry, one being that they may be drug-related. We are speaking with friends of both victims alongside staff and management from Nation nightclub, to establish the full circumstances surrounding the movements of both men that night.”

Police have stated that both deaths are being treated as “unexplained” until they can recover the fatal batch of tablets, and hopefully have them tested.

DCI Kameen added: “We recognise our city’s nightclubs and bars will be busy over the coming days, especially on New Year’s Eve and I would like to remind people not to take any illegal drugs. You don’t know what’s in them or how they are going to affect you.”


via The Sun

A similar warning would be issued to residents of the US as New Year’s Eve approaches, to be sure to know what you’re taking, if you choose to do so. Please use testing kits to ensure that what you’re taking is legitimate, and not something that could prove potentially fatal.