Drugs warning after two deaths in Rugby

A warning over the dangers of drugs has been issued following the death of two men in Rugby in the space of two days this week.


Both deaths, which are thought to be drug related, are being investigated by police. Police say they are not linked and neither is being treated as suspicious.

On Sunday March 27 a man, aged in his 30s, who lived in the town centre, was pronounced dead at University Hospital Coventry. It is thought that he had taken heroin.

On Monday another man, also aged in his 30s, from the Long Lawford area, died after a suspected drugs overdose involving prescription medication.

Detective Inspector Jon Belcher said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families of these two men. I would like to stress that neither death is being treated as suspicious and they are not being linked.

“However, I would also like to remind people of the health dangers posed by taking illegal drugs, psychoactive substances (so-called ‘legal highs’), or consuming prescription medication not in accordance with instructions for use from medical professionals.

“We work closely with our partners in Warwickshire to reduce the harm caused by drug use and I would urge drug users who are concerned and would like help, or their loved ones, to make contact with the support services available.”

The Recovery Partnership provides advice, support and treatment for adults in Coventry and Warwickshire who have been affected by alcohol or drugs. More information is here: http://www.cw-recovery.org.uk/

Warwickshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) is a partnership function with responsibility for coordinating the county’s approach to reducing harm caused by the misuse of alcohol and drugs on individuals, families and communities. For more information and details of support visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/daat

Warwickshire Police will take action when information about the supply of drugs is given by the public. Call 101 or pass information anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.