The first sufferer has been named after six other folks have been killed in suspected drug-related incidents throughout south Essex.
Cian Daly, 20, from Leigh-on-Sea, was once named in the community as police examine the sale of Class A medicine in the area.
His dying was once one of six to happen inside of a six-mile radius, together with two different males and 3 ladies, between Sunday and Monday.
Mr Daly’s circle of relatives stated they didn’t want to remark till they’d won additional information from the police investigation, the BBC reported.
But pals of the 20-year-old have paid tribute to the bike fanatic.
Best buddy Oliver George, from Basildon, was once reported in native paper The Echo as pronouncing: “I actually don’t know what I’m going to do with out you mate.
“Not simplest was once Cian one of probably the most suave other folks I do know (he may strip a motorcycle engine up and down for amusing when he was once 16), he was once additionally one of the kindest other folks I do know.
“He helped train younger and disabled youngsters fishing voluntarily, as smartly as be there for his pals 24/7.”
Friends have additionally deliberate a “ride-out” in his honour alongside the Southend seafront on August 10, as smartly as a memorial bench.
All of the six deaths passed off in the sufferers’ properties personal properties, and checks are being performed to spot the substance or components concerned.
Ch Supt Kevin Baldwin stated it was once too quickly to mention if medicine have been smoked, injected or taken as tablets.
“All of the deaths passed off in their very own properties, which is an bizarre component as a result of your house is typically a protected atmosphere and the cases recommend that they were not in a position to name for help,” he stated.
“Descriptions of ‘infected’ or ‘dodgy’ would possibly make drug customers assume reasonably otherwise and it might be that the purity of the drug has led to this.
“Our main line of inquiry is identifying what those substances are, and obviously there will be forensic tests that need to be done and it’ll take a while for those to come back, so I can’t speculate on what those substances are.”
Rebecca Harris, MP for Castle Point, which covers Benfleet and Canvey Island, stated police have been taking the deaths “incredibly seriously”.
“We hope this is an isolated incident and it’s not a wider problem,” she stated.
“We don’t want any more families to lose loved ones, because this must be devastating for [those] families in south Essex.”
The pressure has steered somebody with details about the sale of Class A medicine in the county to touch them.