October 6, 2008
Audience Hears of Battle With Drink
By Lauren Pyrah
A TALE of one man?s battle with alcohol helped launch an initiative to tackle excessive drinking in a town.
?I probably had two to three weeks of life left when two outstanding professional people, working together, saved my life and put me on the road to something better. ? Mr McTrusty spoke at the launch of the Safer Drinking ?Safer Darlington strategy.
He said: ?I owe these people everything. Their care and attention was way beyond what you would expect. But we need this sort of quality care. ? He also told the audience of health and local authority professionals, police, voluntary and community workers and businessmen: ?We need effective support services that are seamlessly joined up with treatment.
?We also need a culture of involvement. I know alcohol intimately andmy perspective is just as much a part of the equation as the experts?. ? The three-year Darlington Partnership initiative sets out targets for health, council and emergency services, funded by almost [pounds]750,000.
Fifteen local people die each year from alcohol-related conditions, while an estimated quarter of Darlington adults binge- drink.
Assistant Chief Constable Gary Barnett told delegates: ?If alcohol was a new drug, I do not think we would sanction its use. ? The chairman of Darlington Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Bill Dixon, said: ?Tackling heroin addiction has been the easier part of our work. At least people recognise that it will do you harm. ?
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