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Suspected drug users offered support materials by police during stop and searches

PUBLISHED: 19:00 25 April 2016

Newham police are undertaking a new drug referral initiative whereby people whom they suspect may be involved in drugs in one way or another are offered a referral leaflet

Newham police are undertaking a new drug referral initiative whereby people whom they suspect may be involved in drugs in one way or another are offered a referral leaflet

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Suspected drug users who are stopped and searched by police officers in Newham are receiving anti-drugs leaflets under a new police initiative.

Police hope that the street referral scheme, which has been running for the last few weeks, will target a wider demographic of people with suspected drug links.

Individuals who are stopped and searched are now receiving literature from the anti-drugs campaign Talk to Frank and charity Change, Grow, Live (CGL).

Acting Sgt Adam Delange, who is behind the scheme, said: “It will have numerous benefits including raising the awareness of Talk To Frank and CGL to suspected drug users of all ages.

“It will encourage people to take the first step in seeking help, and also reduce both drug use and drug-related crime in the community.”

He added: “If one person takes it one board and takes the message on, then it will hopefully deter them from going down that road.”


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