Drugs warning after sudden deaths in west Cumbria

Police and health officials are warning drug users of the dangers of taking illegal substances following the sudden deaths of two men in west Cumbria.

The first, on Thursday, involved a 32-year-old Workington man at a house on Rowan Close in the town.

On Friday, a Whitehaven man, also 32, was found dead at a house in Garth Road, Workington.

Police said in both cases initial investigations suggested a "cocktail of drugs" could be a contributory factor.

The coroner has been informed and inquests are expected to be opened in due course.

'Lethal consequences'

A 43-year-old Workington man was arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs in relation to the first incident, and a 29-year-old man, also from Workington, was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the supply of controlled drugs over the second.

Both have been bailed pending further inquiries.

A Cumbria Police spokesman said: "Sadly, we are investigating two sudden and unexplained deaths in Workington where initial investigations suggest that a cocktail of drugs may have been a contributing factor.

"To have two deaths in such close proximity only serves to highlight the health risks associated with drugs and provide a stark warning for users in the county of the lethal consequences that illegal substances can have."

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