Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.
Cornish Pharmacies Battle Drugs and Booze
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.
Help and advice can also be sought directly from the The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Drug and Alcohol Action Team on 01209 881914.7:47am 24th January 2012
Share This StoryTweet
Cornish school children "safe" after London attack
Threemilestone pupils' visit to Parliament cancelled
PHOTOS: Cannabis seized in drugs raid
Four people have been arrested in Fraddon
Well-wishers donate £350,000 to PC Keith Palmer's family
National News: The public has donated more than £350,000 to an online fund for the family of murdered police officer Keith Palmer.
Has Kendrick Lamar just hinted at a new album?
Showbiz News: Kendrick Lamar has hinted that the launch of his fourth studio album is imminent with a cryptic message on social media.
Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power, wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup
Sports News: Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power, has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup ahead of Minella Rocco and Native River.
Nicole Kidman explains her Oscars 'seal clapping' was to protect a ring
Strange News: Nicole Kidman has explained her "awkward" seal-like clapping during the Oscars ceremony last month.