A public inquiry into the sudden deaths of 18 heroin addicts in
the west of Scotland last year has opened in Glasgow.
The deaths are believed to have been caused by contaminated
heroin. Wider concern was raised when similarities were spotted
between the deaths in Glasgow and a similar fate suffered by heroin
addicts in the north west of England and Dublin. Heroin trading
between Glasgow, Liverpool and Dublin is well established. The
inquiry is expected to last for several weeks.