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  • Deaths ‘not due to super-strength heroin’ in Cork

    Posted on January 18th, 2013 TimB No comments

    Fears that super-strength heroin contributed to the deaths of two men in Cork were ruled out yesterday.

    Cork City Coroner’s Court heard that Gary O’Sullivan, aged 30, and Gavin Thompson, aged 26, who died within hours of each other on Oct 4, died from polydrug use, in association with the ingestion of heroin and alcohol.

    Their deaths triggered a major public health alert when medics feared a batch of super-concentrated heroin may have been available on Cork’s streets.

    However, assistant state pathologist Dr Margot Bolster told city coroner Dr Myra Cullinane that was not borne out by the autopsies.

    Sgt Fergus Twomey confirmed tests on samples of the heroin taken from the needles used by one of the men showed there was nothing unusual about its strength or potency.

    The inquest into Mr O’Sullivan’s death was told he took heroin while drinking in his apartment off the Old Blackrock Rd with his friend, Cathal Fleming. In his deposition, Mr Fleming said Mr O’Sullivan took two D10s — a sedative — but, in the witness box, he accepted he also took the tablets.

    Mr Fleming said he saw his friend slump in his chair, and could not rouse him. He dialled 999 and paramedics gave him advice on how to perform CPR but Mr O’Sullivan was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Dr Cullinane returned a verdict of death due to misadventure.

    The inquest into Mr Thompson’s death was opened and adjourned until June after gardaí said criminal proceedings may be contemplated.

    Mr Thompson died in similar circumstances in a house off the Old Youghal Rd on Oct 4.

    Irish Examiner 18/1/2013

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