SEARCH teams in gas masks yesterday seized CCTV footage from a Boots branch in the Novichok murder probe.
The Sun can reveal he may have picked up the poison while scoring heroin near the home of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia, who were earlier exposed to Novichok.
Novichok agents, dispersed as an ultra-fine powder rather than vapour, belong to the class of inhibitors called “organophosphate acetylcholinesterase”.
They prevent the normal breakdown of a neurotransmitter acetylcholine which, when it builds up, causes muscles to contract involuntarily.
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Because the victim’s heart and diaphragm aren’t functioning properly, this leads to respiratory and cardiac arrest.
Those affected usually die from total heart failure or suffocation as copious fluid secretions fill their lungs.
If a person is exposed to Novichok agents, they should be immediately connected to life support and decontaminated — that is, their clothes should be removed and their skin washed with soap and water.
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