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'Tackling discarded needles and related drugs paraphernalia makes an important contribution towards improving the h...
'Tackling discarded needles and related drugs paraphernalia makes an important contribution towards improving the health and safety of the community' Keith Hellawell, the UK anti-drugs co-ordinator told delegates at a drugs-litter conference organised by the Tidy Britain Group.

Mr Hellawell outlined the government's response to this dangerous problem:

'The government's anti-drugs strategy, 'Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain', has clear aims to protect our communities from drug-related crime and to improve access to treatment services for those involved in the destructive cycle of drug misuse.

'By ensuring that drug misusers receive treatment to help them kick their habits, while at the same time reducing the level of illegal drugs available on the streets, the safety and well being of local communities can be significantly improved.

'One of our key objectives is to ensure that anti-drug policies achieve a positive impact on the community. The government welcomes the implementation and publicising of needle exchange services by local councils to encourage the safe disposal of needles and syringes as a valuable contribution to this goal.'


1. Tidy Britain Group is an independent national charity working for the improvement of local environments. They have carried out a survey of local councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland about drugs-related litter. For more information contact Peter Gibson or Anne Mower on 01942 612 617.

3. The government's anti-drugs strategy 'Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain' is published by the Stationery Office (CM 3645).

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