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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 and its prescription substitute methadone 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 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.

"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 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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