Letter of the week: More needs to be done to tackle Hartlepool's drug problems

Are Hartlepool's drug problems as bad as our writer suggests?
Are Hartlepool's drug problems as bad as our writer suggests?

There is no denying that Hartlepool has a major drug problem.

There are codeine addicted housewives (Drugwise 2017), young people using cannabis and, for more hardened users, heroin is the drug of choice.

In 2016 official statistics showed that there are twice as many drug addicts in Hartlepool as the national average.

Hartlepool has the second highest rate of deaths from drugs misuse in the North East.

Hartlepool Borough Council took control of recovery services for drug addicts last year.

Although the service has had some success, it’s clear that far more needs to be done.

Take, for example, the case of Jonathan Robson (Mail, June 30).

He has committed 129 offences to fund his drug habit.

When a person is addicted there isn’t a quick and easy path to shed the addiction.

Hence, there is a need to focus on what drives people to start taking drugs in the first place.

According to Tees Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), “people who misuse drugs often have a range of health and social problems, which may have led them to misuse drugs, or may be a consequence of their addiction.”

To deal with Hartlepool’s drug problem, more needs to be done to tackle the problems faced by young people, such as youth unemployment and social deprivation.

Until the council starts dealing effectively with these issues, drugs will continue to be a major problem for the town.

Karen King,

The For Britain Movement,

Hartlepool.

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