UPDATE: SPICE drug increase amongst Manchester’s homeless

The recent report of the #SPICE drug increase amongst #Manchester’s #homeless people has led to an outcry from the #public.

Activists are calling for the Greater Manchester Police (#GMP) to do more to stop the suppliers of the drug.

Chief #Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry from GMP’s City Centre team released a statement. “We are doing all that we can to tackle the issue of people taking Spice in #GreaterManchester. This is a problem that we cannot afford to get any worse.

“We have increased the number of specially trained officers to try and combat the issues and help those using Spice to access the support they need but to also ensure that danger of Spice is clearly communicated.

“Those who take spice are often left incapacitated or seriously ill need the help of our partners in the #NHS and #Ambulance Service. They can also become aggressive and become a danger to themselves and others.

“The truth is, tackling the issues caused by Spice is putting pressure on public services and is taking up a lot of our resources. Particularly in Manchester city centre.

“A multi-agency approach is the only way we can fight this battle. As a result, we have been working with Manchester City #Council’s #Adults and #Children’s Services, rough sleeper team, outreach teams and local charities as well as North West Ambulance Service and the NHS”.

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