DETECTIVES investigating six suspected drugs-related deaths in south Essex have arrested two people.
Three men and three women died between 28 and 30 July.
Tests to identify the drug or substance involved are underway but our focus remains on Class A drugs.
A 26 year-old man from London and a 29 year-old man from Grays were arrested in Barking on Friday afternoon on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
They are both currently in custody.
We are re-iterating our message that Class A drugs are dangerous and we urge you not to take them at any time, but particularly not at the moment.
The tests being completed are complex and may take some time to get the results. Until we have those results we will not speculate about what drugs or substances may or may not be involved.
Speculation is not helpful to our investigation and could lead to people being misinformed about the situation which could cost further lives.
We have a dedicated team of officers working around the clock investigating the circumstances around these deaths and that work is continuining
If you have any information about the deaths of the sale of Class A drugs – either in south Essex or elsewhere in the county – please call us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
We continue to advise anyone who has taken Class A drugs and feels unwell or concerned to seek medical advice.
Public Health England has issued the following advice:
“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.
NHS England has issued this advice:
“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 – call 999.”