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26Jun 2017

Police issue warning after drugs incident in Oldham

Police in Oldham are issuing an urgent warning after four people have been taken to hospital after taking a what is believed to be a form of MDMA.

During the course of Saturday evening, four men have been taken to hospital seriously ill and requiring treatment after taking the drug. A woman was also taken to hospital and assessed but did not require treatment.

One of the men is currently in a critical condition.

It is believed to come in crystal form and may possibly be known locally as ‘magic’ or ‘pink champagne’ and police are urging anyone who may have taken it to seek medical attention.

Detective Sergeant John Coleman of GMP’s Oldham borough said:

It’s always alarming when numerous people attend hospital seeking treatment after taking a particularly potent form of a drug and our main concern is that there could be others who could be at serious risk of ill health.

If you believe you have taken any of these drugs, which you may know as magic or pink champagne, then I would urge you to seek medical attention immediately.

We are also actively seeking to find the person responsible for their distribution before they supply anyone else with what is a potentially lethal substance.

If you have any information about those responsible then I would ask you to please contact police immediately.

Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 9063 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Source: http://www.gmp.police.uk/live/Nhoodv3.nsf/TriageWebsitePages/89D4D388DAED32E88025814A0005C342?OpenDocument

26Jun 2017

Seven hospitalised amid Oldham drug warning

Seven people have been hospitalised after taking a “particularly potent” form of the drug MDMA, police said.

Four men became seriously ill on Saturday, with two still in intensive care.

A woman and two men were hospitalised on Sunday, with one man seriously ill and the other two critical.

Greater Manchester Police said the drugs are known locally as “magic” or “pink champagne” and come in crystal form.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs and remains in custody for questioning.

Det Insp Jim Faulkner of GMP’s Oldham Borough said the increasing number of people affected is causing the force “no end of concern”.

He said symptoms to watch for include rigid muscles, shallow breathing, a fast racing pulse, hyper-aggression, seizure, foaming at the mouth and unconsciousness.

Please, if you believe that you or somebody you know has taken the drug and begins showing these symptoms then get yourselves to the hospital immediately,” he added.

We have arrested one man in connection with the supply of the drugs, however our inquiries and operational activity will be continuing.

Of the men hospitalised on Saturday, two have been released.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-40396681

21Jun 2017

Health chiefs urge residents to stay safe and well this summer

As the heatwave continues over the next few days, health experts across the county are advising people to stay safe and well during the hot spell.

Shropshire’s Council’s Stay Safe and Well this Summer webpages offers a host of advice for people young and old, to help keep cool and hydrated throughout the hot weather.  The website also provides advice and information on home and personal safety, and signposts people to other summer-related advice including:

  • Summer health – NHS advice on how to stay well throughout the summer months
  • Heatwave advice – advice to ensure the hot weather doesn’t harm you or anyone you know
  • Insect bites and stings – tips and advice on what do if you’re stung or bitten by an insect
  • Skin care – advice on being ‘sun smart’ and help reduce the risk of skin cancer
  • Personal and home safety – advice to help reduce the risk of summer crime
  • Leisure safety – information and advice on camping, fireworks and water safety. Other information includes, travel advice, information for practitioners who support vulnerable people, as well as ‘what’s on’ during the summer months.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for health, adult social care and housing, and chair of Shropshire’s Health and Well-Being Board, said:

“Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated with plenty of cool drinks.

“Heat exhaustion and heatstroke can both be very serious if they are not treated quickly, especially for the very young or very old, or for those with long-term illnesses. We strongly advise residents to heed the summer health advice and to look after each other in this hot weather.”

With pollen counts also high, Dr Irfan Ghani, Shropshire Council’s consultant for public health, offers advice for hayfever sufferers:

“Although there is no cure for hayfever, there are many over-the-counter remedies available from your local pharmacy to help make life and the condition easier to manage during the summer months. Pharmacists are fully trained health professionals who can offer useful advice on treatments for hayfever, such as antihistamines.

“Antihistamines are commonly used for hayfever. They block the action of the chemical histamine, which the body releases when it thinks it is under attack from an allergen like pollen. Decongestants can also help to relieve a blocked nose which is often caused by hayfever, as well as dust allergies and pet allergies.

“For those already taking regular medication, pharmacists can advise on the most appropriate treatments that won’t interfere with it. If you’ve tried over-the-counter medicines but are still struggling with troublesome symptoms it may be worth speaking to your GP, as you may need prescription medication.”

Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be found on NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk/summerhealth. You can also visit your local pharmacy or call NHS 111.

To find your nearest pharmacy in Shropshire visit http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Pharmacy/LocationSearch/10

For more information on staying safe and well this summer, visit Shropshire Council’s Stay Safe and Well this Summer at https://shropshire.gov.uk/stay-safe-and-well-this-summer/

Source: Shropshire Council http://shropshire.gov.uk/news/2017/06/health-chiefs-urge-residents-to-stay-safe-and-well-this-summer/

20Jun 2017

Heat health warning: 2017

Press release from Public Health England

News today (19 June 2017) from the Met Office that the hot weather will now continue until Thursday, has prompted PHE to repeat its advice on how to beat the heat.

For the majority of people it is about common sense – staying cool, drinking plenty of water to maintain hydration, and avoiding sunburn. However, some groups can be particularly vulnerable and at much greater risk of harm, especially those with underlying heart and lung conditions, older people, babies and young children.

Looking out for people in these groups is important while most of England swelters under high temperatures.

Temperatures today were expected to top 30oC in many places – which is above the point at which hot weather can impact the public’s health.

Dr Angie Bone, Head of PHE’s Extreme Events team, said:

Spells of hot weather like this are enjoyed by many of us, but they can make a very real impact on some people’s health.

That’s why it’s so important we all keep an eye on those likely to be most at risk, people with underlying heart and lung conditions, older people and those with younger children. Some people in these groups may not be able to take steps to keep themselves cooler – so if you’re able, ask your friends, family and neighbours if they need any support.

The rest of us also need to take care when out and about in the sun and keep cool where we can, if travelling keep plenty of water with you and check weather forecasts.

There are lots of useful tips and guidance on NHS Choices website and more detail available in the Heatwave Plan for England. Up to date forecasts are available at www.metoffice.gov.uk.

Unusual levels of UV are also being recorded in the UK at the moment – with the strength of the UV in some spots being as high as that in Cyprus and Gibraltar. This has prompted warnings that people should take extra care in the sun at the moment and should keep an eye on PHE’s UV monitors.

The Met Office’s Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri said:

High pressure is dominating our weather bringing warm, humid air from the tropical Atlantic resulting in these high temperatures and sunny conditions over the coming days. These hot and sometimes humid conditions will continue well into the middle of the week when conditions will start to turn more unsettled in some areas before fresher conditions finally start to move across the country from the north and west later this week.