Warning after another person taken ill from rogue drugs batch

DRUGS Police are concerned a rogue batch of heroin is in use in the Portsmouth area
DRUGS Police are concerned a rogue batch of heroin is in use in the Portsmouth area
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ANOTHER person has been taken ill while using what is thought to be a rogue batch of heroin.

A woman was taken ill yesterday (May 3) after using heroin.

A member of the public called an ambulance and the woman was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital.

It is believed that the woman may have died if she had not been taken to hospital.

Police and partner agencies today warned the community of the dangers following the deaths of two drug users this week.

On Wednesday a 36-year-old man died after being taken ill at an address in Almondsbury Road in Paulsgrove and being transported to hospital.

A 33-year-old man, from Fareham, died on Thursday after being taken ill on Wednesday.

A 39-year-old woman at Almondsbury Road address was taken ill and later discharged from hospital.

A 40-year-old man in Southsea was also taken ill on Wednesday and later discharged from hospital.

Detective Sergeant Tony Lewis, of Portsmouth CID, said: ‘The latest victim of this batch of heroin may have died if it wasn’t for the actions of the member of the public, who called an ambulance.

‘Protecting the community remains our priority during this investigation into stopping the supply of this batch of heroin.

‘We’re in regular contact with our partner agencies to highlight the dangers to anyone who may be affected by substance misuse and to advise drug users to take extra precautions following this spate of illnesses and deaths.

‘Police are particularly grateful to drugs intervention workers and counsellors for delivering advice to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.”

Detectives are making enquiries into a suspected link between all the people and the same batch of heroin.

Anyone who has any information about this batch of heroin can contact the Intelligence Unit at Fratton Police Station in Portsmouth by dialling 101. Mini-com users can phone 01962 875000.

Information can also be left anonymously by calling the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Anyone wanting a confidential chat or seeking support should call the independent Cranstoun drug agency on (023) 9275 1617, or if you’re under 25 contact Switch on 02392 825140. Family or carers should contact the rebound service on 07939 580167.

There is an estimated number 1,200 heroin and crack cocaine users in the city.