Gill Brown, chief executive of charity Brighter Futures, said increasing numbers of people are turning to drugs and alcohol because of the stress of daily life, which has been intensified in the recession.
“We know there is more drug and alcohol misuse leading to hospital admission in Stoke-on-Trent than on average, and the number of suicides is rising rapidly,” she said.”
Incredibly, she then went on to blame…poverty! Clearly, the sort of poverty that leaves you with enough money to abuse drugs and alcohol.
“People are dealing with the effects of poverty and being overwhelmed with debt.
They do things to try to ease the pain and cope with the worry, and that includes drinking too much and taking drugs. “
Yeeees… Of course they do!
Jim Gibson, chairman of Chell Heath Residents’ Association, lost his 35-year-old son Gareth to a drugs overdose in 2009.
He said: “It doesn’t surprise me the numbers are that high. There needs to be more help for people with drug problems, but all the Government wants to do is cut everything. “
Well, yes. If the choice is helping people with unavoidable disabilities or helping people who have contributed to their own problems, it’s really a no-brainer.