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Weekender festivalgoers taken to hospital after taking super-strength drug

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AN urgent warning has been issued after several people fell ill at the Weekender festival after taking super-strength 'Skype' MDMA tablets.

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Two people were taken to hospital and others were treated on-site by paramedics and St John Ambulance volunteers.

In a statement, the Government of Jersey said: 'Jersey Ambulance Service and Jersey Youth Service are warning those attending Sunday’s Weekender event about ‘super-strength’ MDMA that is currently circulating in the Island.

'This follows a number of people requiring treatment onsite by paramedics and St John’s Ambulance, after taking MDMA Skype tablets at the event last night. Two further people attended the General Hospital Emergency Department, but have since been discharged.

'Festival-goers are strongly advised not to take MDMA, which has already been linked with the death of a 29-year-old Islander on 18 August, and a number of deaths in the UK over the last few months.

'Anyone who is feeling unwell having taken any drug, or has concerns about the wellbeing of someone they know, should seek urgent medical attention. Festival-goers are advised go straight to the Weekender Welfare Tent onsite, where help, support and medical assistance will be provided.'

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