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DRUG KIDS FOUND DEAD; Tragedy of teen couple.



Two teenagers have been found dead in one of Scotland's worst drugs blackspots.

The bodies of an 18-year-old boy and an 19-year-old girl were discovered in separate houses yesterday.

It is understood heroin heroin (hĕ`rəwən), opiate drug synthesized from morphine (see narcotic). Originally produced in 1874, it was thought to be not only nonaddictive but useful as a cure for respiratory illness and morphine addiction, and capable of relieving  and its prescription substitute methadone methadone (mĕth`ədōn', –dŏn'), synthetic narcotic similar in effect to morphine. Synthesized in Germany, it came into clinical use after World War II. It is sometimes used as an analgesic and to suppress the cough reflex.  were involved in the deaths in Levenmouth, Fife.

Detective sergeant Alistair McKeen said Levenmouth has a long, sad history of heroin abuse.

He said: "This has been underlined in recent years by a substantial increase in the availability of methadone."

He said that there is a misconception mis·con·cep·tion  
n.
A mistaken thought, idea, or notion; a misunderstanding: had many misconceptions about the new tax program.
 that methadone is a much safer drug.

He said: "This frequently makes people assume that their tolerance need not be so high which can lead directly to greater incidences of methadone overdose overdose /over·dose/ (o´ver-dos?)
1. to administer an excessive dose.

2. an excessive dose.


o·ver·dose
n.
An excessive dose, especially of a narcotic.
.

"Research shows that twice as many people have died in recent years through methadone-related abuse than through heroin itself."

The deaths come just days after a study by the multi-agency Drugs Action Team revealed a shock 64 per cent rise in the number of new addicts - all of them intravenous intravenous /in·tra·ve·nous/ (-ve´nus) within a vein or veins.intrave´nously

in·tra·ve·nous
adj. Abbr. IV
Within or administered into a vein.
 drugs users - in Fife in 1995-96.

Most of the injectors were under the age of 16 .
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Author:Notarangelo, Ray
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 9, 1998
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