Teen's reported drug overdose in Camelon close shines a light on street's heroin problem

Emergency services rushed to a close in Camelon last week in response to a young woman – believed to be 19-years-old – who was reportedly near death due to an overdose of heroin.

By James Trimble
Monday, 10th August 2020, 3:39 pm
Updated Monday, 10th August 2020, 4:22 pm

The incident is said to have happened on Wednesday, August 5 in Gordon Place.

One resident of the street, who did not want to be named, said: “This young woman of 19 nearly died because of heroin. I had my youngest daughter here with me while they wheeled the young woman out the close and now she is frightened to come back and stay here.

“Now there’s a needle in the close and no one is coming to take it away – police have said it’s a biohazard.”

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The resident found a needle in the close of Gordon Place, Camelon wher he said a 19-year-old almost died from a drug overdose

Residents say the overdose and discarded needle are just the most recent examples of the illegal drug misuse in the street.

“Drugs have been a problem in this street for years – you tell the police about it, but they say unless a crime is being committed – like I find someone injecting heroin in my property – then they can’t do anything about it.

“The say they have increased the number of patrols in the street. There are police cars going up and down here 44 times a day and they are not stopping the problem.

“The other day I saw a guy come out of the chemist – he must have had his methadone prescription still in his mouth, he hadn’t swallowed it, because he then spat it into the mouths of folk who were standing outside waiting for him.”

The resident claims heroin use has been a problem in Gordon Place for a number of years

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 12.55pm on Wednesday, August 5, emergency services were called to Gordon Place, Camelon, following a report a person had taken unwell. A 19-year-old woman was taken to hospital by ambulance.

“If anyone has any concerns about drug-related activity in their community, please report the matter to police on 101, via the Falkirk Community Team, or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”