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Police warning after "drug deaths"

By This is Kent  |  Posted: October 06, 2010

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POLICE have issued a warning after two men, believed to be drug users, died in east Kent this week.

Officer were called to a flat in Canterbury Road, Westbrook, at 7am on Wednesday by ambulance crew treating a 27-year-old man at the address who later died.

A 26-year old man from Broadstairs was arrested on suspicion of supplying heroin and was taken into police custody.

At 11am on Monday officers were called to Sussex Close, Herne Bay, where a 45-year-old was found dead.

Detective Inspector Nick Greenan said: "The tragic death of this young man remains unexplained at this time but I want to reach out to the drug-using community with a message of caution. Police in East Kent have attended the deaths of two men in the past 48 hours where there is suspected to be a link to the use of Class A drugs and needles.

"The message is simple - do not use illicit drugs. I would say to those who feel they must, please protect yourselves, take extra care about what you take and who you purchase it from."

Both deaths are being treated as unexplained until postmortem examinations are carried out.

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    FreddyF, London  |  October 06 2010, 3:04PM

    People die a heroin-related death usually due to accidental overdose, infections from dirty needles, or adulterants in the heroin. All these problems are caused by prohibition of drugs and would not exist if addicts were able to be treated as a medical condition rather than as criminals. The "right message" sent out by Detective Inspector Nick Greenan, "The message is simple - do not use illicit drugs", is bogus for two reasons. Firstly, it is prohibition of the drug, not the drug itself, that is more harmful for the reasons explained above. Secondly, the message implies that all illicit drugs are as harmful as using illicit heroin. They are not. Not even close.