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Letter: Mental health is the key to tackling drug use




SIR – Cllr Jack Davies suggests that Lymington town sets up drug rooms for addicts (A&T, 18th December).

Surely, the best way to address the problem is to analyse why people take these debilitating and life-destroying substances and then to call for resources to meet those needs.

Might it have something to do with mental health? Mental health services are so underfunded that they cannot meet the vastly increasing need for their services. We need a massive investment in this part of the NHS.

Might it have something to do with unemployment? We need a massive investment in kickstarting a green industrial programme, which would not only make our world a better place to live in but would also provide hundreds of thousands of jobs. This could also help people’s mental and physical health needs.

Might it have something to do with boredom? We used to have youth services that helped to organise after-school and weekend activities for young people. Youth services along with a range of other facilities would help to reduce the drug culture and the victims of the dreadful austerity measures taken by this and the previous coalition government.

Do we need Marcus Rashford to help here, or can enlightened and committed members of our locality encourage our government to meet the urgent and desperate needs of our community?

Shirley Franklin,

Brockenhurst



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