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May 18 2009
Two more appear to have died from a bad batch of heroin A further two people appear to have died from a bad batch of heroin, this time in the Suffolk town of Lowestoft. A 28-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were found in a room at the Royal Court Hotel, which offers accommodation to homeless families, at the end of February, prompting police to issue a warning to all drug users. While the cause of death was still unclear as The Pavement went to press, it is believed the pair died from an overdose. Officers have ordered toxicology tests, and further information is expected to follow soon. This is the latest in a long-line of recent drugs related deaths, which police in the London area have linked to a batch of stronger than usual heroin. Detective chief inspector Phil Aves, of Suffolk police, said: "While we are still investigating these unexplained deaths, there was drugs paraphernalia, including needles, found around the bodies, which would seem to indicate possible overdoses. Until we have the results of toxicology tests, we can't be certain of the cause of death, but we need to warn other drug users of the potential dangers." Speaking to local press, a spokesperson for DrugScope said: "Every so often you do seem to get these clusters of deaths around the country and they are often linked to the same bad batch. Normally it is because the heroin is very strong and not what the addicts are used to. Heroin can also be infected when it is stored underground and it picks up soil bacteria."
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