Bad batch of drugs kills again in Tweed
A LETHAL batch of drugs circulating on the streets has been responsible for at least two recent deaths, claims a pastor who works with the homeless in Tweed Heads and Coolangatta.
Founder and pastor of God's No Name Church, Lyn Borthistle conducted the funeral of a 38-year-old Tweed homeless woman and mother of three who died on December 19.
The death was believed to be drug-related.
Ms Borthistle has also been asked to conduct the funeral of the man who died on Frances St outside Centro Tweed Shopping Centre on December 20.
Tweed police duty officer Inspector Bobby Cullen told the Daily News following the death: "Police have their suspicions about a bad batch of drugs getting around, being spread among the homeless community".
A Kirra man, who knew the victim but did not want to be named, said drugs were being laced with oxycontin, known as "hillbilly heroin".
Police are awaiting the toxicology results.
The man's name has still not been officially released.
A third suspected drug victim is recovering in hospital.
Ms Borthistle, who conducts church services in Goodwin Park, Coolangatta, said the tragedies had rocked her and reignited her dream to start a 24/7 refuge for the homeless on the Tweed.
"I was going to give up on it... except for her death it wouldn't be happening," she said.
"I used to weep that I had no where to take them (the homeless).
"The refuge will belong to the community and the needy."
She says she has found a suitable location at 56 Recreation St but needs to raise around $33,000 to pay for the development application, bond and rent.
She said it could accommodate dozens of homeless people and would feature a 24-hour caretaker and drug, alcohol, gambling and prayer counselling.
An opportunity shop will operate from the site to help pay the costs.
"The owner is very happy to have us and has dropped the rent and everything," she said.
If you would like to contribute phone 0452 644844.