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Trio collapse in Belfast drugs incident - man fighting for his life

By Chris McCullough

A man is still fighting for his life after a suspected drugs overdose in Belfast city centre on Saturday night.

Police had responded to calls that three men had been found unconscious in Donegall Pass just before 9pm.

The condition of the other two men admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital on Saturday night is "unknown" according to a spokeswoman from the Belfast Trust.

Speaking on Sunday evening, the trust spokeswoman said: "Of the three men that were admitted to hospital on Saturday night, one remains critically ill in intensive care."

The trust was unable to give a condition update on the other two.

The PSNI said on Facebook that officers had provided emergency first aid to three males who collapsed after a suspected overdose.

"This clearly could have had dire consequences for those involved. The males were subsequently treated by ambulance crews and are now recovering in hospital," the PSNI said.

Police say they are waiting for test results to try and assess what particular drugs they had taken before speaking to the men.

Belfast High Sheriff Jim Rodgers said that while police are making good progress in dealing with drugs, these stories of people collapsed on the streets of Belfast do nothing to help promote the city.

Mr Rodgers said: "The weekend past is one of the busiest in the run-up to Christmas, with work parties, people out for meals, etc.

"The problem with drugs is widespread, but the police are making good progress in dealing with them. Arrests are being made and people are being prosecuted, but the problem is a growing one.

"I hope all of the three men involved make a speedy recovery.

"Incidents like these put huge pressures on our emergency services as well as on our accident and emergency departments.

"More and more young people are being found out of their minds on drugs and it seems more people are trying them for the first time.

"We all must work together to tackle this problem, to ensure no other people are found unconscious like this or affected by drugs in Northern Ireland."

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