TACKLING DRUGS IN MERTON

The fight against drug misuse in the borough has received a boost thanks to more than £300,000 of additional funding from the government.

Merton Drug Action Team has agreed the extra funding for 2001/02 of more than £318,000 to tackle drug misuse in Merton. Approximately £244,000 of this will be spent on drug treatment services and about £74,000 will fund services to young people. This funding is in addition to the £1.6 million that the Merton DAT already invests in tackling drugs in Merton.

Roger Paine, Chair of the Merton DAT and Chief Executive of Merton Council, said: “This additional funding from the Government to Merton DAT will make a real impact on drug misuse in Merton.

“We can build on our already extensive work with parents, young people and schools to help protect our communities. It also enables us to help far more people in Merton that have real problems with their drug misuse.”

The funding will go to both statutory and voluntary agencies. Major developments include a Merton Community Drug Team, an in-school, confidential, counselling service available to all high schools in the borough, more support to parents, carers and families of drug users, a new service for women drug user and targeted work with people from minority ethnic communities.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

“Tackling Drugs To Build A Better Britain” is the Government’s 10 year anti-drugs strategy. That Strategy requires local Drug Action Teams to deliver local action across the four Themes of Young People, Communities, Treatment, and Availability.

Merton Drug Action Team (DAT) is a strategic partnership between Merton Council, Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Health Authority, Merton Police Division, London Probation Area – South-West, the Prison Service, Merton Magistrates’ Courts, drugs agencies, the Primary Care Trust and Primary Care Group. Roger Paine, Chief Executive of Merton Council, is the elected Chair of the DAT.

Key local drugs agencies are:
Merton & Sutton Community Drug Team Tel. No. 020 8296 4489
The Base – Cranstoun Drug Services Tel. No. 020 8944 5344
Merton Youth Awareness Programme Tel. No. 020 8640 9736
Community Drug Helpline Tel. No. 020 8773 9393

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