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Full Extent Of Drug And Alcohol Problems Hard To Measure

A report showing what has been done to tackle drugs and alcohol issues on the Island has been published.

It highlights findings over the last year.

There were 345 alcohol related hospital admissions in 2009 to 2010.

More than half of cannabis users were under the age of 25.

Home Affairs Minister Adrian Earnshaw MHK admits that  exact figures are hard to gather.

One of the main issues have been the legal highs. The Isle of Man has been moving fast when it comes to banning them put the Home Affairs Ministers has likened their progress of legal highs to chasing a tale.

A lot of preventative measures have been enforced including posters at sea and air ports in the North West of the UK and also an all Island pub watch.

There have been meetings in schools for kids and parents which Margaret O'Reily, Director of drug and alcohol policy, has been involved in.

She said the feedback from these has been extremely positive and is proof that the awareness of dangers of drugs and alcohol is increasing.

The full report is available on the Department's WEBSITE

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