Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Drug Users Warned of Deadly Rogue Valium Cocktail

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Drug Users Warned of Deadly Rogue Valium Cocktail

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Drugs workers in Northumberland have issued a warning that users are dicing with death by mixing rogue tranquillisers with other drugs and alcohol.

Evidence has emerged that people in the Wansbeck and Blyth Valley areas are mixing potentially lethal quantities of street valium and painkillers with heroin and alcohol.

Yesterday the Northumberland Drugs Action Team (DAT) said one recent death was already being linked to a possible cocktail of valium and methadone and more could follow unless users took more care.

DAT, which is part of Northumberland County Council, says it has information that users are experimenting by mixing handfuls of valium.

Northumbria Police recently issued warnings about a batch of blue valium tablets with the letters HK stamped on them circulating in Blyth and Berwick.

Yesterday Vanessa Bainbridge, the county's DAT co-ordinator, said: "This is not prescription valium from the chemist but it is being sold on the streets and it could have come from anywhere. …

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