Police warning of drug’s devastating impact after Worthing man dies

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POLICE are warning of the devastating impact drugs can have after a 38-year-old man was found dead in his flat in Worthing this week.

At 11.40pm on Wednesday (July 30) officers were called to a flat in Rowlands Road, after reports that a man had died there.

On arrival police assisted paramedics to get into the flat, and inside the body of a 38-year-old man was found in a bathroom. It appeared that he had died following a drug overdose, possibly heroin, Sussex Police said.

A post-mortem examination of the body will be held and the coroner has been informed.

This is the third suspected heroin-related death in Sussex in the space three days, with a 60-year-old man from The Causeway, in Goring, having been discovered on Thursday (July 31) and a 33-year-old woman in Billingshurst being found yesterday (Friday, August 1) in her flat.

Detective Inspector Dave Wardley Wilkins, of the Sussex Police priority crime team, said: “This is one of three deaths in West Sussex in as many days, all of which are believed to have involved drugs.

“There is no reason to link them at this stage, but it is clearly something we are mindful of as we await the results of post mortem examinations and forensic tests in each case.”

He added: “Drugs can have a devastating effect on the lives of individual drug users, their families and the wider community. Any drugs-related death means a personal and tragic loss of life for that person’s loved ones and this should never be forgotten.”

Police warn that illicit drugs are always fraught with danger, with purity and adulteration both key issues, and anyone using them may put themselves at risk.

Anyone who has any information on the supply or selling of illegal drugs is urged phone Sussex Police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk to pass on details.

Alternatively they can speak to any police officer or their local Police Community Support Officer, or if they prefer, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.