A courier driver has relived the harrowing moment he found a drug user slumped in the middle of the road.
Chris Campbell, 26, was driving down Dens Road when he saw the man, believed to be in his 30s, lying in a vulnerable state.
Quick-thinking Chris pulled over and went to the man’s aid.
He was frothing at the mouth and turning “yellow” when Chris intervened and called an ambulance.
It took about 25 minutes for the ambulance to arrive and take the man away.
Although Chris was not the only person to have stopped to help, others simply ignored the situation.
That has prompted Chris to urge people not to “look away” if they see anyone in similar circumstances.
He said: “I was driving home from work when I noticed someone lying on the street just before 3.30pm.
“He looked to be in a poor state – he was yellow and frothing at the mouth.
“Seeing that in broad daylight was quite hard to take in.
“There were kids just coming out of nearby schools.”
Chris said he tried to keep the man conscious as he was worried he might choke to death.
He added: “One of the other men who had been standing over the guy left the area.
“A few other people came down Dens Road and appeared to know the victim by name.
“I was just trying to keep him awake. The guy was slurring his words and I was worried he might choke.
“As a born and bred Dundonian, I was angry to see this happening on our streets.
“It’s quite shocking to have this happen.
“A local woman said the guy was pulled out of a neighbouring close.
“She believed he’d been injecting something.
“There was a needle in his pocket that wasn’t capped. The woman said he might have been drinking as well.
“The guy was taken away in the ambulance.
“I have no idea about his condition. I hope he is on the road to recovery.”
Chris believes there is a worrying trend developing in the way people in Dundee treat drug users.
The city’s struggle with narcotics has been well-documented in recent months, after Dundee took over from Glasgow as Europe’s drug death capital.
The Tele revealed earlier this month that more than a dozen people in Dundee lost their lives to drugs in the first half of last year.
In the six months between April-September, police dealt with 14 confirmed cases of drug deaths in the city.
The DD4 postcode – which covers areas including Whitfield, Craigie and Maryfield – suffered the highest number of fatalities, with five.
Chris said: “If I hadn’t pulled over and got involved, I dread to think what might have happened.
“I hope that by speaking out, others will treat people first and foremost as humans and not drug users.
“I realise the emergency services are extremely busy.
“My biggest worry is that people chose to look the other way.
“At the end of the day, he is someone’s brother, son or grandson.
“I kept thinking about how I would feel if he was a member of my family and he was left to die on the street.
“It was worrying that people didn’t stop to help.”