Help for addict who took heroin for pain

A heroin addict from Lavenham who relapsed into using the drug to combat pain could finally get help from rehabilitation services.

Jane Holder, 45, from Meadow Close, admitted possessing heroin at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

The court heard that police had executed a search warrant at Holder’s home at around 10.30am on September 14.

Rosalind Cappleman, prosecuting, said: “She returned home during their search and they carried out a strip search – she was found in possession of two wraps of brown powder.

“She made a full admission in interview and stated she was a heroin addict. She has a habit that costs her about £100 per week.”

Holder declined to tell police where she had bought the drug, which had a street value of around £10.

Miss Cappleman said Holder had 16 previous convictions, including eight for drug offences, dating from 1989 to 2007.

The most recent was for cultivation of cannabis for which she was given an 18-month conditional discharge.

Representing herself, Holder said: “I have been a long-term heroin user. I had managed to get off it but I had been ill and in a lot of pain – I was using it for pain relief.”

She added that she had since taken steps to obtain a prescription for methadone and had already booked an appointment with drug rehabilitation charity CRI.

Holder was asked if she had been given drug rehabilitation support in her previous dealings with probation services and she said she had not.

Magistrates asked for the probation service to compile a report on Holder to assess her suitability for rehabilitation programmes.

She was released on bail and is due to return to Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on November 27 for sentencing.