Drugs could be to blame for the deaths of three people in the city as Nottingham police, investigating the deaths, warn dealers are targeting popular student venues.

The alert has been raised in a statement issued by Nottinghamshire Police after seven people collapsed due to drug consumption.

Police and health services have responded to a number of incidents where young people were hospitalised after taking so-called ‘recreational drugs.’

Officers are still investigating the deaths of three young people and, whilst the cause of death is yet to be established, it is believed there may be a connection to illegal drugs.

Detective Chief Inspector Leona Scurr, who is leading the investigation, said: ”The fact that people have died should serve as a stark warning to you if you are taking, or thinking of taking drugs.”

The police are urging people to stop taking the illicit substances, and has cautioned people, if they are found with drugs on them they will be arrested.

DCI Scurr added: ”The fact is when you buy the substances you have no idea what they actually are and how you will react to them, everyone is different.”

The recent rise in drug-related incidents is causing issues for the city’s two universities.

Nottingham Trent University has warned that students will face ‘formal disciplinary action’ if found taking drugs.

A Nottingham Trent University spokesperson said: ”The health and safety of our students is extremely important to us”

‘freshers are being targeted when they come into a new environment because they are most vulnerable’

Mayo Adeniran, City Liaison Officer for Nottingham Trent University, believes that drug dealers and suppliers are specifically targeting student events and night-clubs. He hopes the recent deaths will serve as a deterrent for people thinking of taking drugs.

If you see anyone who you believe is suffering from the effects of drugs you are advised to call 999 immediately.

Anyone with any information about drug use or supply can call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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