The Emergency Division at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital handled 170 drug overdoses in June and July of this yr, it has been revealed.
UTV have reported that the figures confirmed a 300% enhance on final yr and that two folks have misplaced their lives in heroin associated incidents in the previous few days.
It was additionally revealed that fourteen folks have died in Northern Eire over the previous two months as a consequence of habit.
The newest revelations come after an addict warned that purchasing heroin in Belfast is as straightforward as getting cigarettes.
SDLP councillor Paul McCusker stated that the heroin drawback in Belfast has gone “past an epidemic”, that he imagine addicts have been being “forgotten about” and warned that many addicts will die if ready lists aren’t shortened.
The ready listing for heroin customers in Belfast to be placed on a substitute drug to wean them off the drug stands at a minimal of 29 to a most of 38 weeks.
The programme strikes addicts from heroin to methadone within the hope they are going to finally cease utilizing heroin.
Marketing consultant Brendan Sinnott advised UTV that in 30 years in emergency drugs the issue is the worst he has ever seen.
“Final week, we had eight in in the future – eight overdoses,” he stated.
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