Two Norwich deaths linked to AMT drug

View along Norfolk Street, Norwich Two men were taken ill at a property on Norfolk Street, police said

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The deaths of two men in Norwich are being linked to the drug AMT, recently reclassified as a Class A substance, Norfolk Police said.

Two men, in their 20s, were taken ill at a property on Norfolk Street on Wednesday.

One of the men died that day, while the second man died at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital on Friday morning.

Four people were arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs and released on police bail.

Officers seized substances at the property which revealed traces of AMT (alpha-methyltryptamine).

'Psychoactive substance'

Det Con Steve Hamilton, drug liaison officer, said AMT could be very active in small doses, which could increase the chances of overdose.

"AMT is available as white and coloured powders, capsules, tablets and in liquid form," he said.

"It is often sold as a new psychoactive substance, however, due to the potential harm associated with its use, AMT was made a Class A Controlled Drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act on Thursday.

"I would urge people not to be tempted in taking AMT, or any other illegal drug, for the simple reason you do not know what it contains or the effect it will have on you."

The four people arrested - a 20-year-old woman and three men aged 22, 30 and 33 - are due to answer bail on 5 February.

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