A support group has warned of a ‘very dangerous’ batch of heroin circulating on the streets of Coventry which has left one user in critical condition and three others in hospital. Drug and alcohol service Change Grow Live, based in Lamb Street, says it is aware of a deadly version of heroin which has left at least one person on life support.
“We have been informed of a very dangerous batch of heroin in the #Coventry region,” the organization said on its Facebook page. “This batch of heroin resulted in four hospitalizations, at least one of which is now in critical condition on life support.”
Heroin is illegal, addictive and very dangerous. Yet the group, which offers information, advice and guidance to anyone with a problem with drugs or alcohol, advised those forced to take heroin to:
– Test a little bit first
– Don’t do it alone
– Pay attention to your friends (shallow breathing? Loss of consciousness? Blue lips or fingertips?)
– It is vital to act quickly, to call an ambulance immediately and if possible to use the opioid antidote, naloxone, which can save lives.
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The group’s Facebook post was widely shared in an effort to spread the message to potential users. Drug-related deaths have become worrying in Coventry in recent years.
Indeed, the number of such deaths in Coventry in 2020 was the highest since 1993, when records began. Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in August last year showed there were 33 deaths caused by drug use in the city in 2020, an increase of 94.1 per cent compared to the previous year’s total (17).
Drug poisoning rose in England and Wales in 2020, with the West Midlands and Warwickshire hitting record highs. Warwickshire recorded 41 drug-related deaths in 2020 compared to 26 the previous year, with 219 in the West Midlands compared to 108 previously.
Every area in the region has seen an increase in drug poisonings except Nuneaton and Bedworth, where there were nine deaths in 2019 and 2020. To access Change Grow Live help in Coventry, call 02476 010241, visit www.changegrowlive.org/drug-alcohol-service-coventry or go to the group office in Lamb Street.