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Sunday Life

City toilet is a heroin den

exclusive fears belfast increasingly gripped by deadly drug

By Christopher Woodhouse

DRUG addicts in Belfast are using a public toilet to shoot up and leaving raw heroin in the baby-changing facilities.

The epidemic continues to blight the city, with more drugs paraphernalia discovered in the city centre this week.

Heroin and spoons were found lying on the baby-changing shelf in a toilet on Lombard Street.

The coin-operated toilet is just off the busy shopping area of High Street and not far from Primark.

The growing scourge of heroin in Belfast is at its worst level since the drug first arrived in the city.

Eastern European crime gangs, working with paramilitaries, have flooded the city with the drug, which is cheaper now than it has ever been.

The dealers have even been seen throwing wraps of heroin and a needle through the windows of homeless hostels, to get residents addicted to the drug.

Meanwhile, addicts are still shooting up just yards from a prestigious grammar school, a fortnight after Sunday Life exposed their hidden drugs den.

The secluded area near the Royal Belfast Academical Institution (Inst) in Belfast is still littered with needles and other drug paraphernalia.

A spokesperson for Belfast City Council told Sunday Life they have sent workers to clean the site, but it is still unsecured, allowing drug addicts to get in and continue to use it.

Two weeks ago, this newspaper visited the drugs den and found scores of used needles, spoons for melting down raw heroin and needle boxes for disposing of used syringes.

There were also yellow boxes of Naloxone, the anti-overdose drug, lying among empty food containers, discarded clothing and sleeping bags.

The fenced-off area is on the corner of College Square North and College Avenue and is passed by commuters heading towards Great Victoria Street.

It lies next door to John Bell House, formerly the Belfast Metropolitan College, which houses hundreds of students.

A spokesperson for the council said: "Our community safety and cleansing teams have been working with the landowner and the relevant authorities to secure and clean up this site.

"We are continuing to work with the relevant authorities to try and address the issue."

Addiction services have been swamped in the wake of the heroin epidemic sweeping the capital, with waiting lists for treatment programmes currently standing between 29 and 38 weeks.


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