The Met Police has issued a warning to the public following the death of a young woman believed to have bought and taken a deadly concoction of MDMA and Ketamine in a London nightclub.
At around 10.53am on Monday August 28, police were called to reports that a 22-year-old woman had been found “seriously unwell” at an address in Knights Hill and had been admitted to King's College Hospital.
The woman, a Vietnamese national from Lambeth, was pronounced dead at 11.37am.
Police believe the woman had taken drugs with some friends, also Vietnamese nationals, at Crystals nightclub in Lewisham on the night of August 27 to 28.
Another member of the group, a Vietnamese man in his 20s, was also admitted to hospital on August 28 in a critical condition, but has since improved and has been discharged.
Analysis of pills, which are orange and rectangular with no distinctive markings, seized from the Knights Hill property showed they contained MDMA (also known as ecstasy) and Ketamine.
It is believed that both the 22-year-old woman and the man now discharged from hospital both bought and took these substances while at Crystals nightclub.
Following this incident, at around 5am on Sunday (September 3), a 17-year-old Vietnamese national was taken ill at the Electric nightclub in Brixton.
The teenager, who is suspected to have taken MDMA at the venue, has been taken to hospital where his condition is currently critical.
The Met Police believe that several others became ill at the nightclub having taken what they believed to be MDMA, but left the venue without calling the emergency services.
Members of the public, particularly those in south London and those in the Vietnamese and South-East Asian community, are now being warned to take “great care” when buying and taking MDMA/ecstasy.
A spokesperson for Met Police said: “Anyone who has taken these substances and feels unwell is advised to seek medical treatment.
“There is always a risk that people may suffer ill-effects through taking illegal drugs, and the clear advice of police and medical professionals is not to take such substances.”
Anyone with information relating to the supply of drugs, especially at these venues within this community, should call Lambeth CID via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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