‘Toxic’ cough syrup kills 16 people

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Sixteen people have died in Pakistan after drinking cough syrup suspected of being toxic, police said yesterday.

All those affected by the syrup were drug addicts, who apparently drank it to get high, said police officer Multan Khan.

Mr Khan said they died at various hospitals in the eastern city of Lahore over the past three days. Two people are still being treated at the city’s main in hospital.