Police are warning drug users in Scarborough to be careful after higher purity heroin was found to be in circulation in the area.
Following a police operation last week officers seized a batch of heroin which was tested and found to be three or four times stronger than usual street levels.
Officers have been working with local partners in Scarborough to monitor purity levels of heroin since last year to try and prevent any unnecessary overdoses.
Heroin users are urged to be extra careful about what they are using as taking a higher purity level of the drug can be extremely harmful.
Superintendent Glyn Payne, of Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Command, said: “Since we began Operation Impact in Scarborough in October 2013, where possible, we have been monitoring the purity of heroin that we have seized.
“We have also been working with local drug intervention partners to gauge whether there is any risk to users through higher purity heroin being available on the streets.
“Having seized some heroin which has a very high level of purity during a recent operation, I would like to stress to drug users to be very careful about what they are taking.
“If you have taken heroin and are feeling unwell you should seek immediate medical advice from your GP or at the hospital in an emergency.
“I would also appeal to people who have friends or family who are drug users, to keep an eye on them at this time and encourage them to engage with support workers at the Cambridge Centre.”
North Yorkshire Police is continuing to crackdown on drug dealing in Scarborough and urge anyone with information about the supply of drugs in the area to get in touch on 101 – select option 1 – and pass information to the Force Control Room.
If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The Cambridge Centre, which is located on Alma Square, can be contacted on 01723 367475.