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  • 9 March 2014, 21:52

Teen Seriously Ill 'From Mortal Kombat Drug'

A 16-year-old is in intensive care after apparently taking "Mortal Kombat", a drug which has been linked to the death of another teenager last month.

He was taken ill at a house party in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, on Saturday, along with a 17-year-old boy.

The 16-year-old is said to be in a serious but stable condition.

The two teenagers went to Monklands District General Hospital in Airdrie at about 11.30pm.

Police Scotland said they believe the drugs taken included ecstasy and "possibly" a "Mortal Kombat" tablet.

The drug is distributed in red tablets with a dragon imprinted upon them.

The exact content of the drug is uncertain, but it is thought to be an ecstasy-type compound containing mephedrone and ketamine.

Regane MacColl, 17, from Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, collapsed at The Arches nightclub in central Glasgow last month after taking the drug. She later died in hospital.

The latest incident has prompted renewed warnings about the danger of the tablets.

Detective Inspector Debbie Johnstone, of Coatbridge CID, said: "Illicit drugs are dangerous. I would ask that anyone with information about the supply of drugs, in particular, the type described as mortal kombat, contact police on the non emergency number 101 or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence."

An NHS Lanarkshire spokeswoman said: "Anyone who has taken ecstasy - particularly the one described as mortal kombat, and who is feeling unwell, or who knows someone who has taken this type of drug in the past few hours, should attend or contact their local hospital for treatment and advice."

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