Nottinghamshire County Council have sent out warnings over 'super strength heroin' after six drug-related deaths in the county over the last week. All of the victims were part of a drug rehabilitation programme.
Chris Kenny, the county's director of public health, has warned that an abnormally potent batch of heroin is being circulated around the area. The Council is raising awareness of the dangers of stronger or higher-purity heroin.
Following the six drug related deaths in Nottinghamshire recently, Crime Reduction Initiatives (the local service provider for drug misusers) is conducting an internal enquiry into all the possible causes in order to gain a better understanding of the situation. " "At this point it is not possible to exclude the risk of stronger / higher purity heroin. As such, CRI has contacted service users, staff and key stakeholders including pharmacies, the police, A&E departments, GPs and other local charities, alerting them of the situation."
Hospitals, pharmacies and GPs have all been informed about the risks and are encouraging communication regarding the issue in a bid to prevent any further harm.
Nottinghamshire Police are investigating the deaths and the CRI (Crime Reduction Initiatives) has begun an internal inquiry.