Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Our Say

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Our Say

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At a time when we are actively battling drug abuse on Teesside, and striving to break addicts' destructive habits, how can we allow cocaine paraphernalia to be openly on sale?

Trading Standards officers have been to a shop in Stockton which has displayed pounds 13 sets in its window. They have confirmed there is nothing illegal in that.

But the real question is why not?

It seems ludicrous that while police fight a battle to beat drug dealers and to cope with the tide of crime carried out by addicts desperate for a fix, that the law has not banned the sale of equipment that helps people with drug-taking pursuits.

It is little wonder drugs campaigner Tina Williams, founder of the Stockton-based PANIC group, is furious and frustrated.

She is bewildered that shops should be allowed to make a profit from such sales, and her plea to Government calling for a change in the law needs to be heard and acted upon.

It beggars belief that there is no legislation in place to stop this kind of paraphernalia being openly sold in an area, and in an age, when the issues of drug abuse are so high profile - and of such a major concern to society at large. …

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