Wednesday, 21 January 2009

New campaign launched on dangers of drugs

Thanet district Council press release

The Thanet Community Safety Partnership has launched a new campaign to highlight the dangers of substance misuse.

The Partnership is tying in with work already underway to educate people on the penalties from drug misuse, both in terms of potential jail terms and the threat to their health.

Working in partnership with drugs support agencies, Kent Police and Thanet District Council, the new campaign uses a line-up on posters to get across the various ways that drug misuse or addiction can impact on people’s lives. They illustrate different people, highlighting the penalties for drug possession and supplying drugs, the impact on people’s families and how drug misuse can even impair your recollection of events on a night out.

Inspector Terry Chuter said: ''Substance misuse effects not only those who are addicted to drugs or misuse them, but it also affect their families and friends of the people who care for them. Thanet police, under the government strategy, is committed to protecting communities through tackling drug supply, drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour. We also want to prevent harm to children, young people and families affected by drug misuse as well. We are aiming to achieve that with the help of various agencies and partners delivering new approaches to drug treatment and social re-integration.''

Jess Bailey, Community Safety Officer with the Thanet Community Safety Partnership, said: “Thanet already has effective substance support services. Now we are keen to dispel common myths around drug use and ensure the public has the correct information. We plan to also engage with youth agencies and ensure correct messages are going out to schools and young people.”

Should anyone require support, counselling or information, they should contact the Kent Centre for Addiction on 01843 298355 ext. 201. To report any drug activity call Kent Police on: 01843 231055

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