THE DEATH OF two people in Cork in the last 24 hours may be linked to a strong batch of heroin in circulation after the HSE issued a warning today.
Gardaí are investigating the matter and have asked any members of the public to contact them in relation to the death of a person last night and one this morning in Cork, both from suspected heroin overdoses.
Seven other people have also been hospitalised.
The HSE South said in a statement this evening: “While investigations are ongoing into these cases, it is believed that it possible that they are as a result of a strong batch of heroin which may be in circulation.
“The HSE South has alerted medical professionals in the region to be alert for patients presenting as a result of heroin misuse. Community and voluntary groups working with drug users have also been alerted and Gardaí are aware of the matter.
“Health professionals are reminded to be vigilant and the public are advised that taking drugs carries serious health risks.”
The HSE said that anyone who is displaying negative side effects following the use of drugs should seek medical help immediately.
Gardaí said that they are investigating all aspects of the matter.