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Another name joins growing list of dead

Another name joins growing list of dead

BY JOANNE SWEENEY

Paula Crothers is the latest in a long line of drug-related deaths.

The PSNI recently investigated the deaths of eight people in their 20s and 30s – seven from the Belfast area and one from Antrim – and the possibility that they might be linked to the highly toxic illegal drugs has not yet been ruled out.

While two of the deaths were directly linked to 'green Rolexes', some relatives have since denied that the deaths of their loved ones were connected with drug-taking.

Earlier this month the sudden deaths of Olivia Reilly (29) and Noel Reilly (36) in Lisnaskea, Fermanagh, who were not related but died within hours of each other, were also investigated by police for a possible drugs connection.

A warning that the 'green Rolex' brand of ecstasy tablets – thought to be at least five times stronger than other ecstasy tablets and available to buy for as little as £2.50 – were circulating here was highlighted by police last month.

And Health Minister Edwin Poots also cautioned that the deaths of the eight people "were by no means an isolated incident" after being briefed by police and community representatives.

Claiming that no drug was safe to take, the DUP minister urged young people to "think again before taking any illegal drugs".

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