DRUG users across Essex are being warned of dangerous batches of cocaine in circulation.
The joint warning from police and the East of England Ambulance Service comes as two people are in serious conditions in hospital following suspected drug poisoning.
An 18-year-old man from Chelmsford is currently undergoing specialist heart treatment at Basildon University Hospital after ambulance crews were called at 8am on Saturday, 28 April to initial reports that he was having difficulties breathing after taking the drug.
Another patient, from the Tiptree area, was taken into intensive care at Broomfield Hospital on Friday, 27 April after ingesting cocaine. No further details of the patient have been released.
Police said: “Regular drug users are reminded not to source substances from unknown suppliers while others are advised to refrain from ingesting illegal drugs.”