Authorities 'overwhelmed' again by Nottingham spice users needing medical attention
Authorities say another wave of people needing medical attention in the city centre after apparently taking spice left them ‘overwhelmed’ at the weekend.
A series of pictures Tweeted by Andrew Errington, the city council’s director of Community Protection, show several people unconscious on the streets early on Sunday morning (Sept 3).
“Morning patrols [Sunday] already overwhelmed by number of Mamba and Spice cases needing medical attention,” Mr Errington Tweeted.
It follows a series of similar incidents which have led to repeated calls to police and East Midlands Ambulance Service.
The drug has become widespread in the city’s homeless community, meaning users are often found collapsed and in need of help by members of the public and council community protection officers.
Users can end up in zombie-like states, unable to move or communicate. In some cases it can cause breathing difficulties and it has been linked to several deaths.
This person was found unconscious off Old Market Square. Community Protection say they were also believed to be a spice user.
On August 12 a 37-year-old man died after he collapsed at an address on London Road. The exact cause is still being investigated, but Notts Police warned initial inquiries found he had taken the drug just before he fell ill.
And in one July weekend, nine people were found slumped together having apparently taken the illegal high, which mimics the effects of strong cannabis, but is far more potent.
East Midlands Ambulance Service say it has been dealing with around half a dozen incidents every day since the spike began in July.
Last month Apollos Clifton-Brown, operations manager for Nottingham Recovery Network, said a surge in a ‘dirt cheap’ supply of the drug could be behind the increase in incidents.
He said at the time: “What we are seeing is vulnerable individuals. A lot of them are street homeless – what’s worrying is they are putting themselves in a very vulnerable position. They are people who we know well and that in itself is quite uncomfortable.”
Spice or mamba were formerly known as ‘legal highs’ but were made illegal a year ago.
More information and help and support with drug addiction is available from Nottingham Recovery Network.
Source: 420 Intel – Europe