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Drug Abuse Victims Are Remembered

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7:02am 20th September 2014

Cornwall remembers people who have died from drug abuse.

It claims around 20 lives a year in the Duchy.

Now a special ceremony is being held at Truro Cathedral on Saturday.

The memorial for families and to help those suffering is the first of its kind.

Sid Willett is from the Cornwall Drug and Alcohol Team, he said: "The quicker you can get some treatment for problematic drug use the better, there are a lot of families who have been through hell and back in looking after their loved one, their peer, their son, lover, mum, dad, whoever it is who has got addiction issues.

"Just drug related deaths we have 20 a year on average, and the ambulance service go to 20 other occasions a month where they save lives, so if you think about that on an annual scale and the potential for death across just Cornwall, that is quite considerable."

7:02am 20th September 2014

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