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24 March 2011, 10:20
Health bosses in Bournemouth and Poole are warning people against taking a 'batch' of heroin, for fears it may be contaminated.
Two patients are seriously ill in hospital after taking the drug which is orange in colour.
The effects of this contaminated drug include:
Known descriptors of this batch are:
Dr Adrian Dawson, Director of Public Health for Bournemouth and Poole said:
“We know that this has come through dealers so is accessed in person rather than on the internet. We know that the two patients have become unwell through the same contaminated batch. If you or someone you know may be likely to come into contact with this substance then I advise you strongly to avoid it and contact your local drug services for advice.”
Health bosses are working with drug and alcohol teams as well as the police in the area to get the message out to users.