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Drug overdose deaths highlight Britain's recent heroin shortage

Publié par Clifford Armion le 15/03/2011

Alan Travis

"The arrival of rogue high-purity batches of heroin is believed to have triggered a spate of overdose deaths in the middle of Britain's longest heroin drought, drugs charities have warned.

"A snapshot survey of frontline drug services, police and service users in 18 towns and cities, publishedby Druglink magazine, reveals the scale of the "unprecedented" heroin drought first identified last October - and the risks of using the new supplies.

"It says: "In some areas, batches of good quality heroin have appeared and may have been responsible - because of users' reduced tolerance levels - for drug-related deaths." The magazine discloses that unpublished Forensic Science Service figures confirm that the average purity of available street heroin is at its lowest level since 1984."

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"Drug overdose deaths highlight Britain's recent heroin shortage", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2011. Consulté le 25/02/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/drug-overdose-deaths-highlight-britain-s-recent-heroin-shortage