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RED ALERT-Cambridgeshire & Peterborough


Date: 4th September, 2018 Location of Incident: Peterborough Drug of concern: Heroin Identified risk: High risk of overdoses Source of information: Police and Peterborough City Hospital Alert instigated by: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Public Health Team

Dear all,

In the early hours of Saturday 1st September, 2018, 4 individuals (3 females and 1 male) were admitted to Peterborough hospital following a Heroin overdose.

All 4 individuals are known to be experienced heroin users. We have NO specific information about the heroin itself in terms of distinctive colour, smell etc.., but due to the high number of overdoses, within a linked time period, we have concerns regarding potential contamination.

Please make service users aware of the following harm reduction advice
 Dosage is very easy to get wrong and the biggest risk from opiate use is overdose.  Smoking on foil is safer than injecting or snorting  Do not mix with other Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants (eg alcohol, benzodiazepines)  Make sure you are in a safe environment, with trusted people  Watch carefully for the signs of an overdose, e.g. loss of consciousness, shallow or absent breathing, “snoring”, and/or blue lips or fingertips  In the case of an overdose, immediately call for an ambulance and administer naloxone if available.

Please disseminate this alert to your peers with immediate action.

Please urge your service users to share information with services and their peers, and report any concerns to services as soon as possible.

If they are feeling unwell and suspect they have used one or more of the substances referred to in this alert message, please call an ambulance immediately.

If you have any further queries, please contact Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Public Health Team on 01223 703259

Thank you for your assistance in preventing further fatalities or harm

If Naloxone kits are required in Peterborough call Aspire on 0800 111 4354 or 01733 895 624 If Naloxone kits are required in Cambridgeshire call Inclusion on 0300 555 01 01

If you have any further queries, please contact Safer Peterborough Partnership 01733 863880

Therefore please be aware when purchasing particularly from a different source or if you are unsure test a small amount first.

Services that can assist with Alcohol and Drug related problems


Offices in St Neots, Huntingdon, Ely, Wisbech, Cambridge Mill Road and Arbury.

Inclusion provide adult drug & alcohol treatment services across the county of Cambridgeshire. The contract includes all community drug and alcohol treatment interventions. 1-2-1 support, Group therapy, Detoxification if required and opportunity to apply for rehabilitation services.

Self-referral service 0300 555 0101


The Sanctuary

Peterborough and Cambridge – Telephone 111 and ask for first response

Providing a safe place for people with Mental Health issues, Dual Diagnosis Mental Health and Addiction Issues including Drugs and or Alcohol

CGL: Change Grow Live – Cambridgeshire

Providing help and support to adults, children, young people and families. There services cover a wide variety of areas including health and wellbeing, substance use, mental health, criminal justice, domestic abuse and homelessness. You can download and fill out their referral form here and a leaflet about the services here.

Alcoholics Anonymous

0800 9177 650

Free calls from mobiles 24 hours help line or visit for a list of meetings in your area


Narcotics Anonymous

0300 999 1212 Line open 10am till Midnight


Cocaine Anonymous Landline

Free 0800 612 0225 Mobiles Call 0300 111 2285


Drink Aware

A national charity that offers advice, support, information and self help tools for alcohol



Aspire is available to provide support for those with substance misuse issues and support for their families and carers within the Peterborough area.


Talk to Frank

A support line for anyone with questions/concerns surrounding drugs.


Alcohol Concern

Help, advice and support to manage alcohol intake



National alcohol helpline

Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am-8pm, weekends 11am-4pm)

Al-Anon Family Groups 

offers support to families and friends of problem drinkers.



A UK wide treatment agency that helps support people to manage the effects of drug and alcohol abuse.



A national charity helping families affected by drugs and alcohol


The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa)

Free confidential email and telephone helpline for children of alcohol dependent parents

0800 358 3456


CASUS – Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service

They provide information, support and specialist treatment in Cambridgeshire, around drug and alcohol use, to young people under 18 and their families.


The Edge Café – We will provide a beautiful, safe, warm, drug & alcohol free space and community to anchor people in the sustained recovery they need to gain and maintain access to housing, social & health services, healthy relationships, education and employment.


QAAD – Quaker Action on Alcohol and Drugs (QAAD) is a Recognised Body of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and a registered charity. We work in accordance with Quaker principles to address the widespread use and misuse of alcohol, prescribed and illegal drugs, and gambling.


Apps available from the Play Store

Just for Today NA

Miranda Davis

Drug Addiction

Smith Blessing

Recovery Cafes Run by Sun Network


Hill Ephesus café

Market Hill, Huntingdon

Every Wednesday 12-2pm


The Countess Free Church


Every Monday 10am – 12pm

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