Message from Tricia D’Orsi – Chief Nurse for NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG and NHS Southend CCG
I wanted to share with you some advice from Public Health England.
The NHS is working closely with Essex Police, Public Health colleagues and others to monitor and investigate the recent deaths
We are urging drug users to be extra careful about what they are taking. We strongly advise them not to use alone and to test a small amount first. They need to look out for each other and be alert to any signs of an overdose, such as lack of consciousness, shallow or no breathing, ‘snoring’, and blueing of the lips and fingertips. They should immediately call for an ambulance and use any available naloxone if someone overdoses on opioids. We strongly advise all dependent drug users to get support from local drug services.
Anyone who is concerned about a medical problem and isn’t sure what to do, can get help online or over the phone using NHS 111.
Visit 111.nhs.uk or call 111 from your phone for advice. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If it is a medical emergency – if someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk – please call 999.
Visit the Essex Police website for the latest updates on this case - https://www.essex.police.uk/news/appeals/2019/07jul/investigation-into-suspected-drugs-related-deaths