Mold man hospitalised after chemical used as legal high

Published date: 19 February 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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A TEENAGER is “lucky to be alive” after taking a deadly party drug, police have said.

He was rushed to hospital on Monday after taking a substance normally used to clean alloy wheels – known as “Geebs”.

The young man, who has not been named but is 19 and from the Mold area, was one of three people needing hospital treatment after the emergency services were called to student accommodation at Hatton Garden in Liverpool city centre at about 5.15pm.

Geebs, or GBL, is used in industry as a paint stripper, rust remover or alloy cleaner, but it is illegal to sell it as a drug.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “Two men, both aged 20, from the Liverpool and Crewe areas, were taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital by ambulance, where they received treatment prior to being discharged.

“A third man, aged 19, from the Mold area, also attended the hospital. It is believed he took the substance with the other two men and has also been discharged.”

Yesterday police said the accommodation at Hatton Garden has been secured for examination and detectives were continuing to make enquiries with residents.

They also said a 20-year-old man from the Liverpool area had been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug. He was awaiting questioning.

Det Supt Chris Green stressed the importance of listening to police warnings about this potential deadly substance.

He said: “This latest incident shows how important it is to listen to our warning about the effects this substance can have.

“Thankfully these men have not suffered serious effects, however I would like to reiterate my warning to students and young people that if taken, GEEBS can have serious side effects and can kill, even in small doses.”

It was reported in 2012 that GEEBS (GBL) was blamed for killing two people in Birmingham. They are said to have died within hours of each other.

The substance, also known as gamma butyrolactonem, is closely related to the banned gamma-hydroxybutrate (GHB) drug.

l On Sunday two men, aged 20 and 22, and a 16-year-old girl, who were believed to have taken a number of substances, including Geebs, in Liverpool were rushed to hospital.

Merseyside Police arrested a 19-year-old man from Worsley, Manchester, on suspicion of supplying a Class C drug in connection with Sunday’s incident.

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