Five men treated in hospital in relation to 'Blue Valium'


Five men from Carlisle have been treated in hospital following suspected drug use of a tablet called Blue Valium.

Cumbria Police said that the men, aged between 19 and 36, were admitted to Cumberland Infirmary with respiratory problems on Thursday.

Two 31-year-old men remain in hospital while the other three, who are aged 36, 21 and 19, have been discharged.

Police said that a 36-year-old woman from Carlisle has been arrested on suspicion of the supply of controlled drugs in connection with the incidents.

She is currently being questioned by police.

Temporary Detective Inspector Colin Ritchie said: "We are continuing to remind people of the risks involved in taking any illegal substances or so-called legal highs - these can be life threatening.

"It is believed that all five of these men admitted to hospital have taken a drug called Blue Valium.

"If you are offered this drug or have it in your possession please do not consume as it is very dangerous. You can take these to a chemist or hand them to a police officer if you come across them.

"Anyone who has taken such a drug or is feeling unwell is urged to seek medical assistance."

Anyone with information on the supply of drugs is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.