London's addict community is experiencing the longest drought of Heroin for over 30 years. The last time there was no heroin on the streets was during the first Gulf War, but after things settled down the supply opened up again. That period lasted around six months.
As conflict continues in Afghanistan the drought is likely to continue. The first signs of trouble were about a year ago when what Heroin was coming through was contaminated with Barbiturates, then slowly over a period of months smokers found a strange red oil appearing. As the months continued this oil is now the only content of what is still call 'Heroin'.
The oil itself is some sort of Paracetamol which was previously added by the Turks to bulk up the gear on its was across Europe. As their supplies failed they started just sending the paracetamol hoping no-one would notice, certainly not their buyers, who probably never have to use the stuff prior to sellling it on to regional dealers on the mainland UK.
Soon this ended up being the only thing for sale until people realised that it was a fake, a rip off. Now dealers in London are not even bothering looking for heroin and are concentrating on the sale of crack cocaine which used to be just an add on to their regular heroin sales.
The people who can afford to do so have fled the country and heading east while those with methadone scripts are being good and not having to lie to their doctors any more. Everyone else is going COLD TURKEY for Xmas.