Six heroin deaths prompt Nottinghamshire health emergency
A "public health emergency" has been declared in Nottinghamshire after six people died in the county within a week after taking unusually pure heroin.15 Jun 2015
Chris Kenny, the county's director of public health, warned that a batch of the drug being circulated was three times stronger than normal.
He said the six who died were part of a drug rehabilitation programme.
Potential users as well as hospitals, pharmacies and GPs have all been alerted about the risk.
He said: "We're aware there's some heroin circulating in the community that's two or three times the purity.
"What's happened is service users have obviously been taking this and have inadvertently taken a level that is dangerous to them and in six cases they have died.
"We're treating it as a public health emergency."Share this on: