Substance misuse scheme to launch in Portsmouth

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A SERVICE dedicated to helping young people stay off alcohol and drugs was being officially launched today.

Switch aims to help people in Portsmouth aged 25 and under to combat their alcohol and drug problems.

The service, which is provided by the charity Cranstoun and supported by Portsmouth City Council through the Safer Portsmouth Partnership, will also support young people with issues such as education, employment, housing, relationships and sexual health.

The launch is due to take place at the Go For It Centre, Station Street, Portsmouth.

The scheme has been running since April this year, and has so far seen 96 young people.

Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of public health, said: ‘Young people often start off using alcohol and cannabis, but this can develop into using harder drugs in adulthood.

‘That’s why we’ve developed a substance misuse service specifically for this age group.’

To find out more about the services, visit the Cranstoun website.