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Drug abuse cost to society is £65million

Evesham Editorial 11th Mar, 2019   0

DRUG abuse in local communities in the West Mercia Police force area is estimated to cost society £265million a year.

Now West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion is calling for more action on the issue and is consulting with local communities on a new strategy.

This includes putting more than £300,000 of annual funding into drug intervention programmes, ensuring police are tackling ‘County Lines’ drugs offending, and working closely with partners to deliver a more effective, holistic approach.

“West Mercia is a comparatively safe place to live and it’s important we do not lose sight of that, however we are not immune to the devastation that drug abuse causes individuals, and the damage it can do to communities,” he said.

“It is an inherently complex issue and there is no single solution.

“It needs sustained efforts from a whole range of partners to be most effective, whether that is around policing and criminal justice, or health services and local authorities.

“My new strategy sets out how I am committed to playing my part, both in terms of my own role, and working with others to deliver the best possible results.”

The consultation is open until Sunday, March 24. Details on how to take part are available at www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk

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