Drug which put 12 people in hospital 'a form of Spice'
A drug which left 12 people needing hospital treatment was a form of Spice, police have said.
Greater Manchester Police were called at the weekend when a number of people were taken to hospital after taking what was believed to be a new form of MDMA, known as "pink champagne".
A force spokeswoman said the substance was a synthetic cannabinoid, like Spice, but was sold as MDMA.
Chief Superintendent Neil Evans from GMP's Oldham and Rochdale boroughs said: "This is the first time we have seen 'Spice' in crystallised, and much more potent and unrefined form and it's now being mistakenly taken as MDMA.
"This is extremely worrying.
"Anyone thinking of taking MDMA must seriously consider what they are doing.
"You may feel that you know and accept the risks of taking MDMA, but you never know what you are actually taking and the reaction your body could have to it.
"Last weekend a number of people suffered life-threatening side-effects after they took what they believed was MDMA.
"This weekend, before you think about taking MDMA or Spice, think, is your life really worth it?"
Police initially believed a 26-year-old man from Rochdale had died after taking the drug, but the force said it is now not clear whether he had taken the substance and inquiries are ongoing.
Anyone with any information about where the drugs came from is asked to contact police on 0161 856 9063 alternatively via 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.