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Tree in memory of drug deaths

A special tree planting ceremony was held in Chelmsley Wood as a tribute to people who have died from drug misuse.

A special tree planting ceremony was held in Chelmsley Wood as a tribute to people who have died from drug misuse.

The event was held at The Welcome, part of Solihull Integrated Addictions Service (SIAS), to mark International Remembrance Day (IRD) – remembering those who have died from substance misuse.

An apple tree was planted in a garden at the Welcome, where people were invited to write a message about those they have lost and hang them on the tree.

Councillor Mrs Diana Holl-Allen, Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, sad: “IRD provides an opportunity for people not only to remember those who have died as a result of substance misuse, but to also support the increasing number of drug users who enter into treatment services.”

The SIAS are treating 700 out of the around 1,000 ‘problematic’ drug users within the Solihull Borough.

Colin Bartlett, a service user representative at the Welcome, said: “I’ve been a drug user most of my life but SIAS has turned my life around.”

SIAS is made up of four services: The Bridge, a specialist substitute prescribing a comprehensive health care service within Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation; registered charity Welcome; Str8 Up for under 18s, and a government-funded crime initiative, the Drug Intervention Programme, which is funded by the Safer Solihull Partnership.

For information and advice about drug treatment, call the free helpline on 0121 678 4730, or Str8 Up for under 18s on 0121 788 5390.

 

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