A coroner has sent a stark warning to festive revellers at the opening of an inquest into two teenagers who died after taking drugs at a nightclub.
Aaron Reilly and Joshua Brock, both 19, collapsed and died in the early hours of December 9 after taking Class A drugs.
An inquest into their deaths has now been opened and adjourned at Plymouth’s Coroners’ Court, as the coroner detailed the events of the night.
An inquest into the death of Joshua Brock, 19, heard he had taken the drug known as ‘Mandy’
The youngsters both took the drugs at Pryzm nightclub in Plymouth, where they were taken ill before later dying in hospital
The inquest heard that Mr Reilly, 19, from Abbot in Devon, collapsed at a bar in the nightclub on Saturday, December 9, and was quickly taken to a medical room.
He told club staff that he and a friend had taken a lethal mixture of MDMA – also known as ‘Mandy’ – and amphetamines.
He then fell unconscious while staff at the Pryzm nightclub in Plymouth desperately tried to revive him. He was taken to Derriford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2.50am.
The court heard that Mr Brock, from Okehampton in Devon, also collapsed in Pryzm.
Staff gave him CPR in a frantic bid to revive him as an ambulance was called, before paramedics took over.
A friend told staff that Mr Brock had also taken ‘Mandy’.
Their families have paid tribute to their beloved sons, saying their decision to take Class A drugs was ‘one stupid mistake’ and a ‘moment of madness’.
Senior Coroner Ian Arrow told the inquest he hoped the tragedy would serve as a warning.
Mr Arrow said: ‘We are in the party season. I do hope that the publicity touching these tragic deaths will alert families to the importance of discussing what is safe to consume on a night out.
‘Tabs, tablets, powder or excess alcohol rarely result in a pleasant, convivial evening with friends.
‘I do hope friends will look after one another during this party time and ensure they will return home safely.
‘If I may be so bold as to put that into the vernacular – ‘please do look after your mates.’
Snapchat footage from the evening showed panicked revellers being evacuated from the nightclub
DJ Basshunter, who was performing during the event, revealed he was ‘devastated’ by what happened. He later took to social media to thank the crowd
Causes of death for the two much-loved teenagers are so far unknown. Tests are currently being carried out ahead of another inquest hearing.
An 18-year-old man who was arrested in connection to the incident has been released under investigation, pending further enquiries, and no other arrests have been made.
The family of Aaron Reilly said earlier this week: ‘Aaron was a much loved son, brother, grandson and boyfriend.
‘He loved to skate, play computer games. Like most teenage lads he liked a night out with his friends and was respected by them as a non-drug user.
‘Aaron had the whole of his life ahead of him and it has all been taken away from him way to soon by one stupid mistake and not knowing the devastating consequences.’
Joshua Brock’s family paid an emotional tribute to the youngster, who they described as a ‘loving son, inspirational brother and a loyal friend to many’.
Their statement said: ‘Joshua was in his third year studying for a diploma in aircraft engineering at the Flybe Training Academy in Exeter when his life was cut short.
‘His interests were wide and varied; he loved to drive, snowboard, go-karting, micro-lighting, playing guitar and drums and he had a brilliant career ahead of him.’