Police warning after man dies in Weston-super-Mare and another in ‘critical condition’

PUBLISHED: 19:23 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 19:29 09 February 2018

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One man has died and another is in a critical condition after taking the drug spice in Weston-super-Mare.

Police are warning users of the drug’s danger saying taking it is akin to ‘Russian roulette’.

Spice – or fake weed as it is sometimes known – is an illegal class B drug and can have deadly effects.

A 31-year-old man died on January 28 while a 48-year-old man suffered a cardiac arrest yesterday (Thursday) after reportedly taking the drug.

Police say he remains in a critical but stable condition.

A 30-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with the first incident and have been released under investigation while police enquiries continue.

Peter Collins, of the Drug Expert Action Team, said: “We’ve seen a number of serious incidents in the past few weeks and are warning people not to take spice.

“If you take synthetic cannabinoids you are playing Russian roulette with your health.

“Synthetic cannabinoids can leave you at a grave risk of suffering serious ill health and can even prove fatal.”

For further advice on synthetic cannabinoids, visit www.talktofrank.com/drug/synthetic-cannabinoids

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