The 16-year-old is said to be in a serious but stable condition after falling ill at a house party in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. The boy is being treated in intensive care. A 17-year-old boy has also been taken ill in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. The two teenage boys were treated at Monklands District General Hospital in Airdrie.
Det Ch Insp Paul Livingstone said: “We are continuing to work with our partner agencies, including health officials and medical staff, in connection with this investigation. At this time our priority is to ensure that everyone who was at the house party is safe and well and officers are carrying out extensive inquiries to trace everyone involved. Further to previous warnings, I would again strongly advise people to avoid illicit drugs as their exact content is unknown and can contain dangerous chemicals.
“Users must be aware of these dangers and understand the devastating effect they can have.
An NHS Lanarkshire spokeswoman said: “Anyone who has taken ecstasy – particularly the one described as Mortal Kombat – and who is feeling unwell, or who knows someone who has taken this type of drug in the past few hours, should attend or contact their local hospital for treatment and advice.”
The full ingredients of the pills are not known, but drug experts have warned it may contain another substance called PMA, which was blamed for the deaths of more than 10 young people within a 60-mile radius of Manchester last year. PMA is sold in pills costing as little as £3 or in a crystal-like form, are sometimes pink and shaped like Love Hearts sweets, or stamped with an ‘M’. The drug often has the same street names as ecstasy as it has a similar effect to ecstasy’s main chemical, MDMA.
PMA has been linked to multiple deaths in the UK, Canada, Norway and Denmark. It is thought to have been responsible for the death of 17-year-old Regane MacColl, who died after taking drugs during a night out in Glasgow last month.