A man has been arrested and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act following proactive enforcement activity by police in the Scottish Borders.
On Sunday 3rd December, NHS Borders, supported by Police Scotland, issued a warning to the public in relation to opiate-like drugs and as part of this wider investigation a property in Hawthorn Road, Galashiels was searched on Monday 4th December.
As a result, a 52-year-old man was detained was scheduled to appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Tuesday 5th December.
Further search activity and engagement with the public is going to take place across Galashiels over the coming days and while there is no information to suggest any immediate risk to the public, officers will be, on occasion utilising protective clothing during this activity.
Police Scotland is committed to tackling drug crime in all forms and continues to work with partners to support those with addictions and signpost them to all the relevant assistance they may require.
Chief Inspector Andy McLean, Local Area Commander for the Scottish Borders said: "We recognise the impact that drugs can have on our communities, both in terms of the criminal aspect, but also the health implications drugs can have on people.
"As such we take a zero-tolerance approach to drug offences and will actively target those involved in the production and distribution of harmful substances within the Scottish Borders.
"If you wish to report any concerns relating to drugs in your area then please contact us via 101."
Dr Tim Paterson, Joint Director of Public Health added; “Those in contact with injecting drug users should be alert to the increased possibility of overdose arising from opiates. They should watch carefully for the signs of an overdose. Symptoms include trouble breathing or shallow breathing; tiredness; extreme sleepiness or sedation; inability to think, walk, or talk normally; and feeling faint, dizzy, or confused.
"Be prepared to call 999 immediately for an ambulance if someone overdoses and administer naloxone (the drug used to reverse the effects of opiate overdose) if available and competent to do so.
"If you are concerned about your own drug use or that of someone else, support services are available across the Borders. Please visit http://www.nhsborders.scot.nhs.uk/badp or phone Addaction on 01896 757843 or Borders Addiction Service on 01896 664430."