Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why We Need to Look Again at How We Deal with Our City's Drug Problems; Vicar Calls for Special Rooms for Addicts to Help Stop Begging on Streets of Newcastle

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why We Need to Look Again at How We Deal with Our City's Drug Problems; Vicar Calls for Special Rooms for Addicts to Help Stop Begging on Streets of Newcastle

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Byline: Laura Hill Reporter laura.hill@trinitymirror.com

SHOOTING galleries where drug addicts could legally use heroin, would put a stop to begging and help get the homeless off our streets, according to a leading Tyneside churchman.

The Rev Dr Nicholas Buxton, who deals with the consequences of drug taking on a daily basis, has backed the idea of "shooting rooms" for addicts to inject.

Dr Buxton, from St John the Baptist Church on Grainger Street in Newcastle, says his churchyard has become a magnet for people under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Each morning, Dr Buxton says he collects rubbish including so-called 'legal high' packaging and used needles from the churchyard.

He said: "It is depressing every day picking up drug rubbish and worse, clearing up the mess that these people are making.

"It's very depressing when you are working hard to improve the city."

Dr Buxton says he has seen an increasing number of heroin needles discarded in the grounds of his church. However, Northumbria Police denied there is a growing problem with the class A drug in the city.

But the vicar says he often witnesses people unconscious due to drug abuse.

"People are taking a lot of Spice and when they do, they really do become like zombies," he said. "It's quite frightening, they are causing themselves harm and damage which could be permanent.

It is depressing day drug rubbish worse The Rev Nicholas "When you speak to people begging on the streets, they don't want to be there. A lot of people have had extremely hard and dramatic life experiences, they fall into the lifestyle that is associated with drugs. I think drug regulation is the long-term solution.

"If you regulate drugs for people with addictions, it would take away a lot of the anti-social behaviour from city centres like begging, shoplifting and the petty crime that people turn to to fund their lifestyles. …

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