Alarm over infected drugs

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

HEROIN addicts in Weston are being warned amid fears a contaminated batch of the drug is on its way to the South West.

HEROIN addicts in Weston are being warned amid fears a contaminated batch of the drug is on its way to the South West.

Eight drug users in Scotland have died after taking a substance laced with anthrax.

And although there are no confirmed cases in England, the Avon Health Protection Unit has issued a warning.

Consultant Dr Bharat Pankhania said: "The evidence suggests that potentially contaminated heroin may be in circulation in Scotland.

"Therefore, all heroin users in the country also need to be aware of the risks.

"Contaminated heroin is potentially dangerous taken by any route, not just injection.

"I would advise heroin users to stop using heroin and seek advice from local harm reduction and drug services for support."

Anthrax is a deadly bacterial infection that occurs mostly in animals in Asia and Africa.

Signs of infection include swelling around the injection site or high fever.

Dr Pankhania added: "If any heroin users notice signs of infection they should seek urgent medical advice.

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