Speaking after a visit to the charity Turning Point, who run an alcohol detoxification centre in Manchester, Mr Hellawell said:
'The work being done at Turning Point for people with alcohol problems will be the blueprint for a planned drug crisis centre for the city. This will be the first of its kind in England and a particularly important asset in Manchester which is in need of a centre such as this. It will aim to provide a welcome and essential place of retreat for addicts who have nowhere else to go.
'Availability of treatment for drug addicts is an important part of the Anti-Drugs Strategy 'Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain' which we launched in April. Many users cannot access to effective treatment for their problems - it is our aim to ensure that all drug mis-users get quick access to appropriate treatment.
1. For more information about Turning Point and the drug crisis centre, please call Ron Alexander on 0171 702 2300.
2. The government's anti drugs strategy, 'Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain - A Ten Year Strategy for Tackling Drug Misuse' was published in April this year.