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Pushers' cash to fund anti-drug group

CASH seized from pushers is to help families rescue Crewe children from the nightmare of drug abuse.

CASH seized from pushers is to help families rescue Crewe children from the nightmare of drug abuse.

Parents Against Drug Abuse has received a massive cash boost to back its campaign to protect children from addiction after receiving calls from parents of children as young as 12 already hooked on heroin.

Now the organisation, set up by Ken and Pauline Revell after their son Mark, 18, a heroin addict, took his own life in prison, is to get the cash help it needs to cope with the flood of calls it takes daily from worried parents.

Some £4,500 is to come from Drugscope in the form of assets seized from drug traffickers and a further £16,000 will be received over the next three years through the Crewe Regeneration Partnership.

The cash windfall will allow the group to launch a drop-in centre and expand services such as support groups and home visits.

Mr Revell of Wistaston Road, Crewe said: 'We are getting treated very seriously now and this money will only help with what we do.

'The awards will enable us to run a drop in centre and carry out home visits to support families of drug users, helping them to cope with the problems they'll encounter.

'It will make a real difference to the help we are able to offer in Crewe and Nantwich.

'Although cannabis and ecstacy are common it is still heroin that is causing most of the problems in the area.

'Now the real worry is that the war will send the price of heroin shooting up and that addicts will become more desperate to get money.

'Drug addiction knows no boundaries whatsoever and we are just as likely to get calls from Middlewich, Alderley Edge and Nantwich as from the West End of Crewe.'

Ken and Pauline juggle their full time jobs to offer a round the clock helpline for anyone concerned about drug use in their family.

Drugscope spokesman Roger Howard said the Crewe project was chosen because it contributed to 'action on drugs issues'.

He added: 'It's great to see the drug trafficker's profits being redirected to solve the problems they helped create.'

Mark Revell, the father of an 11-month-old boy, was found dead in Altcourse Prison two years ago.

PADA can be contacted on Crewe 215568.


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