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Police warning over contaminated heroin on Isle of Man

By Terrapinzflyer, Dec 2, 2010 | |
  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Manx police are warning that a shortage of heroin has led to a number of users taking dangerous alternative

    Police say users have needed hospital treatment after taking what they thought was a small amount of heroin.

    The drug was subsequently found to contain powerful sedatives, large amounts of caffeine and paracetamol.

    Shelly Stanley, from the drug advice service, said: "This substance is an unregulated product and is subject to no controls whatsoever."

    She added: "Dealers do not intentionally set out to kill-off their customers but the risks are high when mixing sedatives with heroin."

    Police believe there is currently one of the most severe "droughts" of heroin for five years.

    A spokesman said: "The shortage is due to a fungus that has infested this year's poppy crop in Afghanistan, literally reducing it by half."

    All heroin users are advised to seek help from the Isle of Man drug helpline.

    2 December 2010


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