POLICE have issued a stern warning to the public following a mass drug overdose at Newcastle over the weekend.
Eleven people suffered suspected overdoses in Waratah after consuming a blue pill bearing a Superman ‘S’ symbol.
Ten men and a woman were admitted to Cavalry Mater Hospital between 11pm on Friday and 9pm on Monday.
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Police say they are waiting for test results to come back so they can determine exactly what drug the pills contain.
The overdoses have prompted police to remind the community about the dangers of taking illicit drugs.
Newcastle City Duty Officer Inspector Shane Buggy said there was no such thing as a bad batch of illicit drugs.
“You never know what it is in the pill you are about to take or what it may or may not contain,” he said.
“You will never know how your own body may react with any substance you might take, whether you have consumed illicit substances before or not.
“These pills are made by criminals in backyard labs and might be sold as one substance but are actually another.
“People need to consider these things before they risk their physical well-being.”
Inspector Buggy said the overdoses could easily have ended in tragedy.
“This could have been a tragedy; thank goodness it wasn’t,” he said.
“We can only hope those involved are fine but also learn a lesson.”
The public warning comes as Newcastle prepares to host a number of music festivals in the coming months.
Anyone with information regarding the source of the blue Superman tablets is urged to contact Newcastle Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.