Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has this week called for answers from the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Amber Rudd, on the new crystallised form of the recreational drug known commonly as ‘spice’ which hospitalised 10 in Greater Manchester in one weekend.
Gwynne raised the question to the Home Office just days after 10 people within Greater Manchester were hospitalised as a result of taking the recreational drug, which was incorrectly sold to them as MDMA – leaving them in a life threatening state.
The widespread hospitalisation comes months after the non-crystallised form of the drug swept Greater Manchester’s homeless population due to its vicious addictive properties. Leaving homeless peoples in a ‘zombie-like’ state, unable to function, and many users reporting it leaves them in a suicidal state due to it’s addictive nature.
The new crystallised form of the drug has been stated to have been twenty times more potent than its non-crystallised form causing significant concern for all across the metropolitan borough.
“To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Greater Manchester Police on the recent discovery of a new crystalised form of the drug Spice in that area.”
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Widespread drug abuse is an issue we need to take seriously. There are many approaches we can take to tackle the issues relating to drug abuse, and I am interested to see how the Government respond to my question and what their approach is to helping resolve this issue.
The spread, and accessibility of such a life threatening drug worries me deeply, and we must stand up to ensure no child, teenager nor adult is left in a state in which their life is at risk as a result of taking crystallised spice.
“We must also recognise the damage spice is doing to the homeless community. A community who have a tough time getting by without life threatening and incredibly addictive substances being made so accessible and cheap to them, ruining their prospects of full rehabilitation and reintroduction into working society.
“It is essential that we fully understand the Government’s approach to tackling drug abuse, and I look forward to seeing the Home Department’s response.”
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