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John Campion is calling for more action to tackle the root causes of drug abuse in West Mercia’s communities, an issue that is estimated to cost society £265m a year.

The Police and Crime Commissioner is consulting local communities on his new strategy, which includes more than £300,000 of annual funding for drug intervention programmes, ensuring police are tackling ‘County Lines’ drugs offending, and working closely with partners to deliver a more effective, holistic approach.

John Campion said: “West Mercia is a comparatively safe place to live and it’s important we do not lose sight of that, however we are not immune to the devastation that drug abuse causes individuals, and the damage it can do to communities”.

“It is an inherently complex issue and there is no single solution. It needs sustained efforts from a whole range of partners to be most effective, whether that is around policing and criminal justice, or health services and local authorities. My new strategy sets out how I am committed to playing my part, both in terms of my own role, and working with others to deliver the best possible results.”

The consultation is open until Sunday 7th April. You can read the PCC’s draft drugs strategy in full here. or click here to take part in the consultation.