Drug Abuse

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 4th February 2002.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Labour, Warrington North 2:30 pm, 4th February 2002

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that reply. Will he accept that despite the progress that has been made, many parents find that their children are taking drugs? Those parents find it difficult to access support and treatment for their children. Even if they get them into treatment, they are put back into their communities to mix with those who got them on to drugs in the first place, without any further support being available.

I urge my hon. Friend to examine closely representations made by the Footsteps project, which serves my constituency and that of my hon. Friend Mr. Watts, which set out the horror stories of some parents. Will he find time in his schedule to talk to parents and groups who represent children at risk, to learn what is happening at the sharp end from the users of services, rather than from those who set up the services?