We believe that potentially fatal heroin might be in circulation across the county - and we are asking for your help to identify the source.
Last week, we reported on suspected drugs-related overdoses and deaths in the Lincoln area. Earlier this week in Mablethorpe, a man in his 40s died after taking what is believed to be heroin, and another two people overdosed.
The exact causes of death in all cases are still being established, but we believe that in all cases the Class A drug had been taken. Like any illegal substance, it should not be taken.
We are working hard to identify the source of the drugs and remove the supply from the streets and ask for anyone with information that can help us do that to come forward.
Drugs lead at Lincolnshire Police, Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Knubley, said: "This is a very concerning picture, and one we are keeping an open mind on as we investigate - but we fear we may continue to see overdoses, and potentially more deaths. At this stage, we aren't sure what is affecting the supply, but it may be that it is being cut with very harmful synthetic opioids because the drug is becoming increasingly short in supply as a result of overseas factors which have been widely reported on.
"We want to take this harmful drug - and others - off our streets and out of our communities but we need help to identify where it is coming from. We would appeal to anyone who might have information to come forward. We do not want to see another person die."
Our colleagues in public health services and the drug, alcohol and mental health charity, With You, are proactively warning the drug-using community, as well as sharing the message with local pharmacies. The Coroner's office is also aware of the issue. With You is also providing naloxone, which is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose.
If you can help our investigation, please get in touch the following ways:
By calling Detective Inspector Gail Hurley on 07766780101 or via email on [email protected]. Please put “Contaminated heroin” in the subject line.
Alternatively, you can report information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.