Public health warning issued over dangerous heroin batch after six people die in Bristol | The Sun
HEALTH bosses have issued an urgent warning over a dangerous batch of heroin after six people died in Bristol alone.
Four people have been arrested in relation to the supply of the drug as the local council warned of a "serious threat to life".
Bristol City Council said that "numerous" people had required emergency treatment, with early indications that their symptoms were connected to tainted heroin.
A large quantity of the highly addictive narcotic was seized from a property in the east of the city.
Superintendent Mark Runacres of Avon and Somerset Police said: "We're working closely with all our partner agencies in response to this series of tragic incidents and extensive inquiries are being carried out to identify those involved in the supply of heroin into our communities."
"We've made four arrests to date and have seized a substantial quantity of suspected heroin from a property in east Bristol."
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These included a man in his 30s arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine.
People are urged to call 999 for an ambulance if they suspect someone is seriously unwell.
Christina Gray, director for public health and communities at the council, said: "This is an unusually high level of health-related incidents, so it is important that people are made aware and take the appropriate actions needed to help protect themselves from harm whenever possible."
The Bristol Drugs Project added that a number of lives were saved by Naloxone, a drug which treats heroin overdoses.
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The charity issues Naloxone to those at risk, such as heroin users, people living with users and people who are likely to come across users in their line of work, such as social workers or police.
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