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Drug Concern sees 14% more addicts

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CHARITIES are helping an increasing number of drug and alcohol addicts.

CHARITIES are helping an increasing number of drug and alcohol addicts.

About 330 islanders are currently seeking help, latest figures have revealed.

But Drug Concern manager Tracey Rear (pictured) said the stats, while representing a 14% increase for her organisation over the previous year, did not necessarily mean more people were becoming addicted to substances.

'We don't link the increase to one thing in particular,' she said while speaking about the charity's annual report. 'It simply could be that people are more confident in coming forward or that referrals are becoming more efficient and assertive.'

Head of the Guernsey Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council Dave Newman said last year it helped roughly the same number of addicts as in 2011. 'It's about 80-100 people,' he said.

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