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'Concerning' number of drug users hospitalised in Scottish Borders

Borders General Hospital. Photo: ITV Border

Police Scotland say a "small but concerning" number of drug users were admitted to hospital in the Scottish Borders this weekend.

The force has information suggesting it could be due to heroin being mixed with other substances, including the painkiller fentanyl, which is around 50 times more potent than heroin, and can be fatal, even to touch.

The drug users were admitted to Borders General Hospital, and NHS Borders has also sent out a warning.

The health board is urging people who are in contact with heroin users to be alert to the "increased possibility of overdose", caused by people ingesting heroin that has been mixed with other substances.