DRUGS may have played a role in the sudden deaths of three people in Lanarkshire, police investigating the case have said. 

Three people - two men, aged 24 and 28-years-old and a 23-year-old woman - died suddenly in the Coatbridge and Airdrie area on Friday, April 3. 

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The causes of death have not been confirmed but Lanarkshire Police Division has confirmed officers are investigating the possible involvement of drugs in the deaths. 

The three individuals were known to have been in each other's company shortly before they died. 

In a statement posted to social media, the local division stated: "Officers would remind the public of the risks associated with taking non-prescribed medication and dangers of drugs misuse. Always refuse if offered with tablets with an unknown origin, and report any instances to police as soon as possible.

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"Anyone with information or concerns should contact Police Scotland via 101, or report this anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."