‘Contaminated heroin’ warning after Leeds man’s sudden death

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Police have warned about a potentially strong or contaminated batch of heroin following the sudden death of man in Leeds.

The 26-year-old was found dead at an address in Bank Avenue, Morley, at about 1.30pm on Sunday.

A post mortem examination proved inconclusive and the results of toxicology tests are awaited to establish the cause of his death.

Three men, aged 30, 42 and 58, who were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences in connection with the man’s death have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Detective Inspector David Roberts, of Leeds District CID, said: “Work to establish the cause of this man’s death is ongoing but it is known that he was a heroin user and had been taking drugs in the time leading up to his death.

“It is not yet known if the strength of the heroin taken was a factor or if the heroin had been cut with something unusual, but the police and public health officials feel it is appropriate to advise drugs users that if they feel unwell or get an unusual reaction to someting they have taken, they should seek medical advice immediately.

“Leeds has a number of drug treatment services available to assist and support people who want to stop taking drugs and we would encourage people to access those services to avoid the health risks associated with drug use.”

Leeds Harm Reduction Service for people wanting to seek advice or access treatment for substance misuse can be contacted on 0113 2421161.