The Safer New Forest Partnership is warning drug users to be on the alert following the deaths of two people after taking contaminated heroin.
Three more people in the Hampshire and Portsmouth areas are seriously ill in hospital after taking the rogue batch of heroin. A sample of the drug has been seized for testing, but the Safer New Forest Partnership warns users that it is a significant and immediate risk.
Cllr Jill Cleary, NFDC portfolio holder for Housing and Communities, said: "If you come into contact with what you believe may be this contaminated substance, do not take it under any circumstances.
"This batch of heroin has proved fatal for two people and presents a serious risk. If you think you may have purchased some, do not use it. Likewise, please seek immediate medical assistance if you believe you may have taken some of this substance.”
For further advice about drugs, contact the New Forest Community Drug and Alcohol Service, in Ringwood, on 01425 483352; Solent NHS Trust Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service helpline on 023 9268 3371 or the national drug advisory service Frank on 0800 776600 or visit www.talktofrank.com
The Safer New Forest Partnership urges anybody with information about this batch of heroin to contact the Intelligence Unit at Fratton Police Station in Portsmouth by dialling 101. Information can also be left anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.