A mystery cigarette butt found in the bush in NSW could be linked to a recent spate of suicides and a spate of drug overdoses.
Key points:A cigarette butt in the backyard of a suburban house was found in NovemberA number of people in the suburb had tried to kill themselves with nicotine and marijuanaBut the owner says he’s not worried about the discoveryThere have been three deaths in NSW since December, including one this month in a suburban property where police believe the butt was foundIn a statement, police said they had been notified by the owner of the house of a possible cigarette butt.
“There has been no other indication of a connection with any of the incidents,” Detective Inspector Mark Crouch said.
“However, the owner believes the discovery of the cigarette butt is a mystery.”
He said they were investigating whether the butt contained the “previous lethal effect” of nicotine.
“It is a significant incident in terms of the number of incidents and the level of activity that has occurred,” he said.
Detective Inspector Crouch described the discovery as “a mystery”.
“The owner is concerned that it may be the smoking of cigarettes in the vicinity that caused this particular case of accidental death,” he added.
The owner of a home in Newcastle has said he is not worried that the butt found at his backyard could be a cigarette.
“I’m not worried,” he told 7.30.
“The last time I checked, it wasn’t in the yard and it was just the house in the driveway.”
A number in the suburbs have tried to end their lives with nicotine, cannabis, or cocaine.
But he said it was unlikely he would be concerned.
“That’s the only thing I’m worried about,” he replied.
“People don’t smoke, I don’t think that’s the case.”
When you’re doing something that you want to do, you don’t worry about whether you smoke or not.
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