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Police warning after woman collapses in Rugby after taking what is believed to be ecstasy

Police in Rugby are issuing a warning after a woman suffered an adverse reaction to what is believed to be an MDMA (ecstasy) tablet.

The following is a press release from Warwickshire police. 

At around 4am today (Saturday 2 July 2016) police were notified by West Midlands Ambulance Service that a 20-year-old woman was having an adverse reaction to what is believed to be an MDMA (ecstasy) tablet in a nightclub on Church Street, Rugby.She was taken to hospital and has since been discharged.

The woman admitted taking the tablet, described as purple in colour, which was sold to her by a man described as smartly dressed and in his late 20s.

Detective Sergeant Alistair Knight said: “Anyone who may have also taken one of these tablets should seek medical attention as soon as possible. We would like to remind anyone thinking of taking illegal drugs that you really don’t know what the substances are made of and how they will affect you.

“Police are working hard to find those responsible for bringing class A drugs to Rugby. Anyone with any information should call police on 101.”

If you want to give information but don’t want to give you name you can contact the independent charity Crimstoppers on 0800 555 111, or use their anonymous online form Crimestoppers UK. Crimestoppers are not part of the police when you contact them you won’t be identified.The only person who knows you have given information is you.

Issued: Saturday 2 July 2016,13:05, Helen Blake, Corporate Communications


From Warwickshire County Council Substance misuse team.

Health information – drugs

If you are worried about your own, or a member of your family’s drug use, our useful links and services can provide you with expert information, support and guidance on:

  • the health risks and dangers associated with drug abuse / misuse;
  • advice and tips on talking to your teenager about drugs;
  • local drug services;
  • support groups and services for addicts and for families, carers and friends of people affected by drug abuse.

Advice and information

Talk to Frank for information about drugs, their effects and the different options available for help and support.

Local services

Under 18?

Contact Compass Warwickshire for drug and alcohol advice, information and specialist treatment on freephone 08000 88 72 48. The service is available between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Please leave a message if your call isn’t answered – someone will get back to you.

18 or over?

The Recovery Partnership offers drug and alcohol advice, information, needle exchange services, a range of treatment options including prescribing, detoxification, 1-to1 support, structured day programmes, aftercare and support for parents and carers.

Nuneaton & North Warwickshire 37-38 Coton Rd
CV11 5TW
Tel: 02476 641100
Fax: 02476 388060
Rugby 1 Regent Place
CV21 2PJ
Tel: 01788 569582
Fax: 01788 562576
Stratford & South Warwickshire Stratford Healthcare
Arden Street
CV37 6HJ
Tel: 01789 206770
Fax: 01789 417750
Leamington & Warwick 16 Court St
Leamington Spa
CV31 2BB
Tel: 01926 885000
Fax: 01926 435198
Coventry 8 Ironmonger Row
Tel: 02476 630135
Fax: 02476 234686

Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm

Other useful services

ESH Works

ESH run a service user involvement, peer mentoring and family support service for those affected by drugs or alcohol. They also offer a range of volunteering opportunities.
Mutual support groups and drop-in sessions are available to anyone with a drug or alcohol addiction. Separate groups are also available for family members and friends affected by addiction:

  • Drop-in sessions: 12-2pm
  • Addiction mutual support groups: 3-4.30pm
  • Family mutual support groups: 6-7.30pm

These sessions are available on the following days and venues:

    • Monday: 56 Regent Street, Rugby, CV21 2 PS
    • Tuesday: 24A Coton Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5TW
    • Wednesday: 9A Althorpe Street,Leamington, CV31 2 AU
    • Thursday: Stratford Healthcare, Arden Street, Stratford, CV37 6HJ

For more information about ESH services, contact 01926 889356 or

Housing Related Support

Swanswell’s Independent Living Service provides a range of personal advice and support for people with alcohol or drug misuse, around issues such as housing, debts, benefits, budgeting and help to gain paid employment. Contact 02476 226619 for further information and assistance.

Drugs Awareness Training

Please contact The Recovery Partnership at Coventry for course details and booking.

About Paul Collett (28 Articles)
Paul is a Community Safety Project Manager, based in Rugby. He is the countywide lead on hate crimes for the Comminity Safety Team. Community Safety Project Manager Community Safety & Substance Misuse Team Communities Group Warwickshire County Council Tel: 01788 533817 Mobile: 07710 335685 Email:
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