14 Jul 2014 Suspected drugs overdose in Swansea's Castle Square

TWO women have been rushed to hospital after a suspected drugs overdose in a public square in the centre of Swansea.

Police are investigating the afternoon incident, and are appealing for anybody with information to come forward.

Emergency services were called to Castle Square just after 5pm yesterday following concerns about the safety of two women in their 30s.

Eyewitnesses reported see the two women lying on their backs on the steps around the top of the square “looking like they were unconscious”.

The pair — aged 36 and 39 — were rushed to Morriston Hospital, where they were due to undergo tests to try to establish what they had taken.

A leading drugs workers has said the afternoon incident should be a “wake up call” for people about use and misuse of substances in the wider community.

A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said officers responded to calls from members of the public.

She said: “At 5.08pm on Tuesday, South Wales Police was made aware of a possible drugs overdose in Castle Square, Swansea.

“Two women — aged 36 and 39 years — were taken to Morriston hospital.

“The matter is being investigated and toxicology tests are being carried out.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police.”

At the time of the Evening Post going to press, the condition of the two women was not known.

Ifor Glyn, chief executive of Swansea drugs agency Sands Cymru, said the very public incident should alert people to the realities of substance misuse.

He said: “Perhaps this will be a wake-up call for people about the amount of people who are using drugs.

“Drugs can affect anybody, and something like this can happen anywhere — even in the most public of places like castle Square.

“We don’t know what substance these women took but we need to raise awareness of the risks and harm of using drugs, and provide more information for people.

“I would encourage anyone with concerns or worries about drug use to ask for help.”

One city centre worker saw the Castle Square incident as she walked home just after 5pm.

She said: “I saw two women on the steps lying flat out on the steps with their arms dropping out to the sides – they looked, I would say, as if they were unconscious.”

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokeswoman said four emergency units had been sent to the scene.

She said: “We received a call at 5.06pm to a medical emergency in Castle Square, Swansea.

“Two rapid response cars and two emergency ambulances attended, and two females were taken to Swansea’s Morriston Hospital.”

Can you help? Call South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference number 1400213755.

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