Police are issuing an urgent warning to drug users in the south of Wiltshire after two people fell seriously ill in Amesbury over the weekend.
Emergency services were called to an address in Penny Lane on Saturday evening after a man and woman, both in their 40s, were found unconscious in a property.
They are both currently receiving treatment at Salisbury District Hospital and are both in a serious condition.
Det Sgt Eirin Martin, from Salisbury CID, said: “At this stage we believe the two patients have fallen ill after using from a contaminated batch of drugs, possibly heroin or crack cocaine.
“Of course, we would always advise against the taking of any illegal drugs, but, following the incident over the weekend, we are urging drug users to be extra cautious.
“Our main priority is the safety of the public, which is why we have taken this unusual step of issuing this warning about drugs which may be in circulation in the south of the county.
“We are also asking anyone who may have information about this batch of drugs to contact police. You can contact us anonymously if you prefer, we just need to know how these people came to fall ill and where the drugs may have been bought from or who they may have been sold to.”
You may also see a police presence in and around Amesbury as our investigations continue, so we urge the community to not be alarmed.
DS Martin added: “At this stage there is nothing to suggest there is any risk to the wider public.”
Anyone who can help is asked to call Salisbury CID on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.