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[Belfast Telegraph] , Kilpatrick, Chris Cut-price heroin is now commonplace in Northern Ireland, says Coroner. (03 Aug 2012)

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Northern Ireland’s top coroner has delivered a warning of the availability of killer drug heroin.

Fears the scale of the drugs problem in the province is much greater than widely believed have been expressed by John Leckey.

Mr Leckey was speaking during an inquest into the death of 26-year-old David William Walker from Belfast who died last year after taking heroin.

The coroner said he is concerned hardcore drugs are now widely available throughout the province and described the task facing police in combating drug abuse here as “major”.

He said a number of recent deaths from drugs in Northern Ireland may just be “the tip of the iceberg”.

“I think I heard the first inquest into the death from heroin toxicity in Northern Ireland.

“That death caused widespread shock that heroin had appeared in Northern Ireland society,” he said.


 

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