Concerns were raised by the police urging drug users in Hull and the surrounding areas to seek medical help should they experience any issues while using substances.
In statement released a spokes person for Hull City Council said;
“While investigations are ongoing and it is too early to have established a cause of these very sad deaths, it is important to bear in mind that heroin is an extremely dangerous drug and using it always has the potential to be fatal, regardless of the strength or contents of a particular batch.”
“The numbers of drug-related deaths fluctuate on a year-by-year basis. In 2013 there were 12, in 2014 there were 10 and in 2015 there were 19. “
“The figure of seven refers to people with a known history of drug use. Very specific criteria are involved in a death being officially recorded as ‘drug-related’. At this time, investigations into all seven of these deaths are ongoing and they cannot be classified as drug-related at this early stage.
“Anyone who uses drugs needs to be aware that it is never possible to be sure what you are taking, and that the risk of mixing drugs and alcohol, as well as personal tolerance levels, cannot be calculated. Factors including the impact of very-long-term drug use and ongoing health conditions can also increase the risk for an individual in taking drugs.”
“Those who are going to use drugs are urged to ensure you are not alone when using and are within a safe environment. We advise anyone who either uses drugs or has concerns about someone else’s drug use to contact ReNew on: 0800 1615 700.”
In the UK tobacco remains the biggest killer clamming 0ver 500,000 lives each year, alcohol is next clamming the lives of 114,000 people while drug abuse is less than 5,000 deaths.
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