A report from the Independent Drugs Commission for Brighton and Hove has suggested a series of measures aimed at cutting the harm of drugs. Brighton and Hove could become the first city in the country to offer safe havens for addicts.
Tom Scanlon, Brighton and Hove's director of public health, said the city has a "relatively high" number of drug users, with a high number of drug-related deaths in the past.
So we welcome these recommendations and will work closely with key partners to make sure that the ideas in the report complement our work on helping people fully recover.
We have come a long way from the peak in 2000 when 67 Brighton and Hove residents died from drug use. While this has fallen to 20 deaths, each of these still represents a personal tragedy for the person concerned and for families and friends.
– Tom Scanlon, Brighton and Hove's director of public health