Freshers at the university where students died in a suspected drugs tragedy were approached by dealers within days of arrival, it emerged.
First year students at Newcastle University – where Jeni Larmour and another 18-year-old were found dead at the weekend – had “calling cards” put under the doors of their flats.
A 19-year-old Newcastle University psychology student, who did not wish to be named, said the cards gave details of an Instagram account that customers could message to order drugs.
“I’m in private accommodation that has lots of kids from university,” she said. “I don’t even know how they got in but they put the cards under the doors.”
“They were under neighbours’ doors as well.”
SuSu Tan, 18, a business management student from Sheffield, added: “We’ve been here less than a week, so I am not sure how they knew we lived there.”
It is believed Jeni, of Armagh, Northern Ireland, was found at 6.05am on Saturday in Park View halls in Newcastle.
A fellow female fresher, also 18, was found at 1.10pm on Sunday.
Students in the blocks told the Mirror that they were unaware the two girls had taken ketamine until they heard it on the news on Monday.
The tragedies were on the same weekend a 21-year-old man Northumbria University student and an 18-year-old man from Washington, Tyne and Wear, who was not a student, also died after taking MDMA.
Newcastle University said it took action as soon as it heard of the young people’s deaths and added: “We contacted all our students to offer support.”
Prof Fiona Measham, chair in criminology at Liverpool University, who co-founded harm reduction charity The Loop, said the “safety net” of nightclubs’ bouncers, chillout spaces and on-site medics had been lost due
Instagram said: “We removed 1.4m pieces of drug sales content between April and June, 95% of which we found proactively. [But] we know there’s more to do.”