Ayrshire Post

Fears over deadly drugs on streets

Users tell of dangerous batch of Valium

- RYAN THOM

A potent form of ‘potentiall­y deadly’ street Valium is flooding the streets of Ayr.

The warning message has been issued in the Wallacetow­n area of the town after users ‘anecdotall­y’ told peer workers of the dangerous batch.

The Post understand­s that drug support workers are on high alert over the drug.

The Riverside Community Trust (RCT) first raised the alarm several weeks ago with users passing on their concerns.

Last week, a source confirmed that the charity, which provides services to the homeless and those with drug issues, is making users aware with leaflets being handed out at meetings.

Police said there was no proof of a ‘bad batch’ circulatin­g in Wallacetow­n, with public health stating they are “committed” to tackling drugs misuse across Ayrshire.

In a warning to users, the RCT shared a poster that warned: “There is a really potent batch of street Valium in circulatio­n.”

The poster urged anyone with concerns to call 999 in an emergency situation or speak with We Are With You addiction services or NHS Addictions in South Ayrshire.

An RCT spokespers­on said: “We were recently informed, on an anecdotal basis, of potentiall­y dangerous valium being available in the local area. We believe it is our duty to make our service users community aware of the risks posed by these particular drugs.

“We do not have any further informatio­n on the source or use of the Valium supplies in question. As this matter concerns the illegal use of drugs, we would refer any further enquiries to the local police who are aware of it.”

Lynne McNiven director of public health at NHS Ayrshire & Arran said: “People can and do recover from addiction.

“We always advise not to take any substances, drugs or other medicines that are not prescribed.

“However, help and advice is always available from family doctors (GPs) or local Addiction Service and anyone affected or concerned about drug use can contact them at any time.

“Our addiction services team provide detoxifica­tion treatment interventi­ons to support people who want to stop taking drugs. This support is available at home and in local community settings.

“Hospital-based detoxifica­tion facilities are now also available at Woodland View in Irvine for those people for whom home detoxifica­tion is deemed unsuitable after assessment.”

 ??  ?? Valium Dangerous batch on the streets
Valium Dangerous batch on the streets

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United Kingdom