Reports of separate incidences in Fareham and Gosport of drug overdoses and drug related deaths amongst opiate users have recently been raised. The incidences relate to the use of heroin and crack. It is not known as this stage if this is as a result of a contaminated, adulterated or unusually strong drugs.
Local anecdotal reports suggest that the impact of COVID-19 could be potentially affecting the purity of available substances or influencing the amount people are taking by either buying more due to fears of a drought or perceptions of reduced strength/purity.
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