A man is dead and another is in hospital after they got high off a ‘zombie’ drug that is a variation of the former legal high Spice, say police.
Both men had taken Black Mamba, a synthetic form of cannabis and psychoactive drug that can be bought for around £10 in the UK, prompting a warning for drug users.
A 37-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency services were called to an address in Nottingham city centre.
The second man, aged 39, was admitted to hospital and his condition is said to be not life-threatening or life-altering, the Nottingham Post reports.
Former legal highs such as Black Mamba have been wreaking havoc in British cities, putting users in a zombie-like state, with many ending up in hospital or on the floor in city centres.
The two men were discovered at an address in London Road, Nottingham, when emergency services were called at about 7.40pm on Saturday.
Officers are now investigating whether the sudden death is linked to the illegal psychoactive substance.
A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: “Forensic examinations are still being carried out but officers want to raise awareness of the dangers to anyone who may be using it.
“We advise against taking recreational drugs completely but if you do and you have concerns, please seek medical advice immediately. More information about the drug can be found below.”
Nottingham is one of several UK cities dealing with Spice or Black Mamba problems.
Paramedics there are being called up to five times a day to help drug users “zombied” on the streets.
One video shot last month in Nottingham shows the effects of the drug.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said the Black Mamba and Spice problem on the city’s streets is a priority.
He added: “These drugs are incredibly dangerous. People need to look after themselves and this just proves that point.
“It is a really difficult area for the force but it is being treated as a priority. If people take dangerous substances they put themselves at risk.
“Ultimately we have to persuade people that drugs like this are dangerous and are not recreational and can lead to death, sadly like it is looking in this case.”
Nottinghamshire Police received 139 reports related to the use of synthetic cannabinoids such as Black Mamba from January to June this year.
Since then the numbers have increased.
East Midlands Ambulance Service was called out to a record high of 15 “zombied” drug users in the city centre over one weekend in July.
EMAS says crews are now attending between “three to five” incidents a day.