Concerns have been expressed after police figures revealed that four people suffered fatal overdoses in the Lochee ward in three months.
Community policing Sergeant Elise Wilson delivered the shock figure to a meeting of the Lochee local community planning partnership this week.
The situation was described as a “sad indictment” on the Dundee area.
Speaking at the meeting, Sgt Wilson said: “Nine overdoses were recorded in the Lochee ward — two more than the last period — of which four were fatal.
“We continue to work with our partner Addaction Dundee and our Ditch the Dealer initiative to target those involved with drugs.”
The latest figures for Lochee, which cover February through to April of this year, also revealed that 26 drugs offences were recorded, of which 19 were for possession and seven were for supply.
In addition, 17 items of discarded paraphernalia were picked up by officers during the same time period.
Violent crimes occurred at a rate of almost one a day on average.
Officers recorded 83 minor assaults, four serious assaults and two robberies in the ward over three months.
The service also recorded 21 housebreakings, 11 of which were in domestic dwellings, and 13 motor vehicle crimes, including five vehicle thefts.
Lochee has seen a drop in vandalism in recent months, with just 50 incidents recorded between February and April — 13 less than the previous period.
The drop was attributed to the increased use of mobile CCTV units to deter and detect offenders.
Reverend Bob Mallinson, of Menzieshill Parish Church in the Lochee ward, who has previously spoken of his own struggles with addiction, said: “It’s a very sad indictment on the Lochee area and I think to help, it needs more investment in terms of jobs.
“There’s also a lack of long-term rehabilitation options that do not require the payment of a lot of money to receive support.
“The methadone programme is a joke and lines the pockets of pharmaceutical companies and shooting galleries would only be a short-term fix.
“I know there are good Christian rehabilitation programmes, but they don’t have enough money and that’s why investment is needed from the government.
“We also need to try to push a message that people do not need to be embarrassed about this.”