Warning issued after Evesham drug users nearly die after taking synthetic opioids - The Evesham Observer

Warning issued after Evesham drug users nearly die after taking synthetic opioids

Evesham Editorial 1st Aug, 2023 Updated: 1st Aug, 2023   0

DRUG users in Evesham are being warned after two men nearly died when they unknowingly took synthetic opioids last month.

The men believed they were taking heroin, but after both suffering a serious adverse reaction the drugs were tested and found to be synthetic opioids.

Synthetic opioids are man-made drugs that mimic the effects of natural opioids such as opium or heroin.

They are often sold as heroin, but as in the case above, are in fact a synthetic opioid which can be far stronger.

This is incredibly dangerous and when taken at the same dosage as natural opioids the effects can be fatal.

Det Chief Insp Chris Percival, said: “We’re seeing an increase in the number of synthetic opioids on the streets in Worcestershire, usually sold as heroin.  Synthetic opioids can be much more potent than natural opioids, such as heroin and opium, and if taken at the same dosage the outcome can be fatal.

“We’re working hard to identify the source of the supply of these dangerous drugs, but in the meantime we’re urging drug users to be cautious.

“Of course we would always urge people not to take illegal drugs of any kind, but are realistic that some people will chose to do so and so it’s pertinent to make sure people are aware of the dangerous of this latest trend.”

There are a number of steps that drug users can take to reduce the risks posed by unknowingly taking synthetic opioids.  These include:

  • Don’t take drugs alone- have someone who isn’t intoxicated there to watch out for you
  • Take a lower initial dose than usual and wait before continuing
  • If possible, have opioid antidote, naloxone, to hand
  • Don’t mix different types of drugs
  • Call for help immediately if you begin to feel unwell

Further information on synthetic opioids, including the risks, is available through talktofrank.com.


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