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Tackling drugs in West Mercia is a key priority for West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion.

Last week, PCC John Campion brought together partners from across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, and Herefordshire and Worcestershire to progress work to implement the Government’s 10-year ‘From Harm to Hope’ drug strategy. 

The Combatting Drugs Partnership, set up in August 2022 and led by PCC John Campion, is making real progress to tackle the impact drugs have on local communities.

This key partnership work, led by West Mercia Police, has seen a clamp down on county lines and criminal gangs across West Mercia, Leading to numerous arrests and seizures made by West Mercia Police.

The partnership also has a focus on educating people about drug use and intervening with support when substance misuse happens. This holistic approach has seen an increase in the number of people in treatment, attending high-quality services to get the specialist help they need to cope and recover.

PCC John Campion, Senior Responsible Officer in the Combatting Drugs Partnership, said: “I hear regularly from residents about their concerns in relation to drugs and the crime associated with its use. I am listening and will continue to work in partnership with important stakeholders across West Mercia to get to the root of the issue.

“By educating people about the dangers of drugs, intervening with the right help when substance misuse happens and enforcing the law to stop criminals profiting from misery, we will make real change in West Mercia.”