Scheme bids to tackle drink and drug abuse in Hampshire’s youth

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‘YOU ARE part of the solution, not part of the problem’, was the message from the Hampshire Youth Commission, to Butserfest festival goers last weekend.

Members of the commission, made up of 25 people between the ages of 14 and 25, were at the alcohol and drug-free festival to find out about the problems youngsters have faced in relation to drugs and alcohol.

They mingled with festival goers and chatted about drugs and alcohol, to identify some of the root causes of addiction and abuse. They were also on hand to offer support.

The youth commission is a pilot scheme set up to make young people part of the solution of tackling crime and policing, rather than being part of the problem.

The youth commission focuses on key issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, offending and anti-social behaviour. Members will be talking to people in September, October and November about these issues and reporting their findings back to the police commissioner.