Bassetlaw Council Leader Calls For Review Of Worksop Drugs Service

Worksop's drugs treatment service needs to be 'brought up to standard' according to Bassetlaw Council's Leader, Simon Greaves.

Councillor Greaves claims there are drugs 'zombies' on the towns streets, because synthetic drug Black Mamba is still rife.

"People in some cases literally stand rigid - a bit like a zombie that you might have seen in a cinema film", he said.

The Leader believes the Change, Grow, Live service - commissioned by Nottinghamshire County Council - needs looking at: "It looks to me that the drug treatment services haven't got their act together about how to tackle psychoactive substances, and how to get people into treatment. In reality I think the service needs to be reviewed."

In response, the drug service said:

"Over the last 12 months, CGL has engaged with 1308 individuals within the Bassetlaw District; offering a range of interventions from education and awareness to personalised treatment and aftercare.

 In relation to growing concerns regarding Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS), CGL continues to work closely with a number of key stakeholders to monitor local trends and formulate a multi- agency approach to effectively address needs. CGL are active members of the newly created Professional Intelligence Network (PIN), other members include Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottinghamshire Police Force, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue service and a range of health, education and housing providers. The objectives of the PIN are to identify local trends, understand harms experienced by users and enable sharing of best practice to effectively support people using NPS."

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