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Drug warning issued following three deaths in Barrow

[P]olice in South Cumbria are issuing a drugs warning following incidents in the Egerton Court area of Barrow.

Over the past few weeks officers have been made aware of three deaths which have suspected links to drug-use.

Enquiries into all three death continue on behalf of the Coroner and also any connected drug supply offences.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Stalker, South Cumbria CID, said: “Unfortunately there are people who are playing Russian roulette with their lives by taking drugs despite not knowing what these substances contain.

“Typically there is a belief that only the so-called harder drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine lead to fatal consequences. Whilst these drugs carry that danger so do other substances such as new psychoactive substances, which can be acquired on the internet.

“We will continue to work hard to disrupt drug supply in our communities but there also needs to be some personal responsibility applied by those considering taking such substances.”

The deaths mentioned relate to:

  • A 31-year-old man who was found deceased inside a property today (20th December).
  • A 30-year-old man who was found deceased inside a property on 11th December
  • A 27 year-old man that died on 10th December following being admitted to Furness General Hospital.

All three deaths are unexplained but are not being treated as suspicious.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of drug supply offences that linked to the death of the 27-year-old man. They were both released under investigation.

Anyone with information into the supply of drugs are asked to contact police on 101.

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