Public health bosses warn of strong batch of heroin

The Island's Public Health Directorate is warning a strong batch of heroin is likely to be circulating in the Isle of Man.

The batch has been mixed with synthetic opioids and has been circulating in the north of England and Northern Ireland, so the Government warns it is also likely to be on the Island.

Heroin users are being urged to be extremely cautious about the source of their drugs, while those who know heroin users should look out for signs of overdose such as loss of consciousness and shallow breathing.

The Public Health Directorate warns synthetic opioids are much stronger than morphine, so regular users risk an overdose if they don't know such substances are present.

More advice can be obtained from the Drug and Alcohol Team on 617889 or by emailing DAT@gov.im.