By Seán McPolin
Kent Police have confirmed that drug offences in Kent are at a five-year low.
A freedom of information request revealed that drug offences, including possession, production and the supplying of drugs has decreased since last year and is at it’s lowest since 2011.
Statistics showed that 44 per cent of drug offences last year were the supplying of drugs, 31 per cent possession and 24 per cent for the production of drugs.
A Kent Police spokesperson thought a decrease in drug offences was encouraging, they said:
“We and our partners are determined to tackle illicit drugs and the considerable harm they cause.
“Investigations by our Serious Crime Directorate tackle the major supply channels, while local neighbourhood officers are able to tackle lower level drug offences such as possession.”
Kent Police continued to mention the work they do with offenders who are left vulnerable after they have been charged with a drugs offence.
A spokesperson added:
“When you take that supply away, you’re left with a group of vulnerable people who then need help with long term recovery.
“We have a system in place with partners such as health providers to get them the support they need.”
Paul Woodford, manager of Turning Point, a drug rehabilitation centre in Canterbury feels there is a lot of ways to help drug offenders.
He said: “Most of the work we do here is around drugs and alochol. We have a team of doctors and nurses on site and we do detoxes over the course of 7 to 10 days.
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The manager of the drug rehabilitation charity was complimentary of the work police do alongside the charity, saying:
“We do have got a good relationship with our drug liaison officer, he comes to our team meetings quite regularly and if we’re worried about a client.
“For example, could be worried they might have overdosed and we haven’t seen them for a while – they will then go and do a welfare check on them for us and report back to us, which is quite handy.”
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