Paramedics were called to a house in the Tang Hall area of the city at about 11.25pm on Thursday (19 April 2012). The girl was subsequently taken to York District Hospital where she was pronounced dead in the early hours of Friday (20 April 2012) following attempts to resuscitate her.
The yellow/white paste involved in this particular case is undergoing tests to determine exactly what it contains, although amphetamine is believed to be involved. Police are strongly urging people to not take a substance of this description.
North Yorkshire Police are continuing to investigate the suspected drugs-related death.
A 21-year-old local man, believed to be connected to the incident, is in a serious but stable condition. He was taken to York District Hospital by a friend.
A 23-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, both from York, have been arrested in connection with the investigation and remain in custody for questioning.
Police enquiries have been ongoing in and around the address at Tang Hall as officers work to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
Witnesses or anyone with information that could assist the investigation are urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and select option 1.
Information can also be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote reference number 12120062307.
The Police have issued the following safety warning
In relation to this investigation, North Yorkshire Police and the North Yorkshire & York Primary Care Trust are urging anyone with drug-related health concerns to seek medical assistance without delay.
Either contact your GP or go to straight to hospital if required.
The yellow/white paste involved in this particular case is undergoing tests to determine exactly what it contains, although amphetamine is believed to be involved.
Until this is confirmed, people are strongly urged not to risk taking substances matching this description or of a similar nature.
One girl has already died and a young man is in a serious but stable condition at hospital, so the potential dangers are very real.
Anyone who has concerns about a child or young person who is vulnerable or at risk of harm can call City of York Council’s Youth Support Services’ Children’s Front Door on 01904 551900 or email : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young adults aged 16 to 25 can get free and confidential information, support, advice and counselling: drop in to Youth Support Services, 29 Castlegate, York YO1 9RN, call 01904 555400 or go to: www.29castlegate.org
For more advice and guidance about drug awareness, please go to the Home Office’s website www.talktofrank.com