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People reminded of dangers of #drug use after two deaths in #Rugby area in recent days

Warwickshire Police

Warwickshire Police is reminding people of the dangers of taking drugs after two deaths in the Rugby area in two days.

Both deaths, which are thought to be drug related, are being investigated by police. They are not linked and neither is being treated as suspicious.

On Sunday 27 March a man, aged in his 30s, who lived in the town centre area of Rugby, was sadly pronounced dead at University Hospital Coventry. It is thought that he had taken heroin.

On Monday 28 March another man, also aged in his 30s, from the Long Lawford area, sadly died after a suspected drugs overdose involving prescription medication.

Detective Inspector Jon Belcher said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families of these two men.

“I would like to stress that neither death is being treated as suspicious and they are not being linked.

“However, I would also like to remind people of the health dangers posed by taking illegal drugs, psychoactive substances (so-called ‘legal highs’), or consuming prescription medication not in accordance with instructions for use from medical professionals.

“We work closely with our partners in Warwickshire to reduce the harm caused by drug use and I would urge drug users who are concerned and would like help, or their loved ones, to make contact with the support services available.”

The Recovery Partnership provides advice, support and treatment for adults in Coventry and Warwickshire who have been affected by alcohol or drugs. More information is here: http://www.cw-recovery.org.uk/

Warwickshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) is a partnership function with responsibility for coordinating the county’s approach to reducing harm caused by the misuse of alcohol and drugs on individuals, families and communities. For more information and details of support visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/daat

Information on drug abuse is available by calling FRANK on 0300 123 6600 or by visiting their website www.talktofrank.com, which also gives details of local support services.

Warwickshire Police will take action when information about the supply of drugs is given to us by the public. We would encourage people who have information to contact us by calling 101, or this information can be passed on anonymously by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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About Paul Hooper, WCC (586 Articles)
Group Manager: Community Safety and Substance Misuse
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