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Cornish Pharmacies Battle Drugs and Booze

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:47am 24th January 2012.

A campaign reveals how many people in Cornwall are at risk from drugs and binge-drinking.

A quarter of us are throwing back dangerous levels of alcohol.

Cases of Hepatitis C have doubled in a decade.

Now health bosses are launching "How Safe Are You"? in pharmacies.

Information stands are being put up and staff trained to offer advice.

Drugs and alcohol worker Paul Carter says, "We'll be engaging with clients in the cells that you could almost say are beyond reach. If they'd been able to address that at an earlier stage, if we'd been able to get them into some kind of treatment or the pharmacies could have signposted them at an earlier stage, who's to say that they wouldn't have adjusted their lifestyle.

"It's not about saving money, it's about saving lives. If you've got something that's being addressed at the base line so to speak we're going to be getting fewer referrals because individuals are going to be addressing their issues at an earlier stage".

Jez Bayes, Alcoholic Strategy Lead for Cornwall, says, "A proportion of people get themselves into problems, which may be health related or could be to do with employment, or debt, or family or relationship issues. The more advice we can get out there, as early as possible, the fewer people will get themselves into those type of situations.

"The simple fact is the number of people who end up in hospital because of alcohol is rising all the time national, and it's rising here as well, not as fast as other parts of the country but that's nothing to be proud of. As long as those numbers are still going up, we've still got work to do".

The campaign will run until March.

How much alcohol is too much?

Help and advice can also be sought directly from the The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Drug and Alcohol Action Team on 01209 881914.

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