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Youngsters can obtain help on tackling drugs

YOUNG people from across the borough will be able to discover more about Str8 Up – Solihull Council’s alcohol and drug service at a drop-in event at The Bridge in Chelmsley Wood tomorrow.

YOUNG people from across the borough will be able to discover more about Str8 Up – Solihull Council’s alcohol and drug service at a drop-in event at The Bridge in Chelmsley Wood tomorrow.

The session in Larch Croft by Str8 Up, aimed at 9-17 year olds, is being held from 2-4pm as part of National Tackling Drugs Week.

Youngsters will be able to obtain advice, support and help while attending the event and information will be on hand to people about the Solihull Integrated Addiction Service (SIAS).

This month, Str8 Up celebrates its third anniversary.

Programmes on offer through the service include counselling and relapse prevention, which have proved to be effective with 78 percent of young people referred to the service successfully completing the treatment.

Children and young people who are affected by a parent’s drug or alcohol abuse use can also access support through the service and participate in programmes such as drama club and first aid as well as outdoor activities.

Cabinet member for children and young people, Councillor Ken Meeson, said: “It’s vital that young people have access to services such as Str8 Up which can really help them turn their lives around. We want to prevent drug misuse and the harm that it can cause to young people in the borough.

“And we urge anybody who is worried about their own or a friend or family’s drug use, to come along to this event and find out more.”

n Families and young people can refer themselves directly to Str8 Up by telephoning 0121 788 5390.

 

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