both in this case and the skripals, it's been reported that it was initially thought to be a drug overdose (by whom? passersby? paramedics? I wouldn't recognize a drug overdose)
I thought that was a strange thing to say, until I saw this,
Couple fighting for their lives WERE exposed to the same Novichok nerve agent as ex-Russian spy: Police make dramatic revelation as footage emerges of man found 'foaming at the mouth' being put in an ambulance
Couple, understood to be recreational drug users, are in critical condition after being exposed on weekend
Mr Rowley, a registered heroin addict, was lying on his back in a stretcher as the paramedic in a white protective suit pushed it inside as two police officers watched on.
A Boots where Mr Rowley picked up his prescription after his exposure, and the Amesbury Baptist Church were also locked down by police. (my note: would the prescription be methodone and/or heroin or something unconnected to his monkey?)
Initially police believed the pair, understood to be recreational drug users, had come into contact with a contaminated batch of Class A drugs.
But on Wednesday a major incident was declared after it emerged the substance could be poison - with Scotland Yard and the Ministry of Defence drafted in to help investigate.
so maybe that's the connection, someone's poisoning the junk with novichok?
but really, a sleepy english town full of heroin addicts?