Health authorities have issued a warning over a potentially lethal drug after the death of a young man and the hospitalisation of four other people in the North West this morning.
Gardai are investigating the death of 22-year-old local man Oisin Crawford at a house on Main Street in the border village of St Johnston this morning.
Four others, three men, aged 18, 22 and 25 and an 18-year-old woman, were taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where one of the men is in critical condition.
It is believed they were all attending a party celebrating the 21st birthday of a friend.
The Public Health Department (PHD) of the Republic’s Health Service Executive (Health Board) in the North West, said it was “aware a number of people with serious illness requiring medical treatment/intervention as a result of taking substances including an ecstasy like substance known as Double Cross and/or Double Black.”
It is advising people not take these substances and if their friends were in possession of these, they should not be consumed.
The PHD added: “Those who take drugs should be specifically warned of potential dangers linked to these substances or using drugs in combinations.
“It is important that anyone displaying negative side effects following the use of drugs seek medical help immediately.