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Two arrested over drugs offences

Armed officers were deployed as a precaution. Credit: PA images

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.

At around 5.00pm this afternoon police in Cardiff attended an address on Crwys Road in the Cathays area of Cardiff.

They they arrested two men, aged 49 and 60, from the Splott area on suspicion of the production of Cannabis. Both men have been taken to Cardiff Bay police station.

The street was closed for a short period while investigations took place and the property was made secure.

Armed officers were also deployed as a precaution to ensure the safety of the public.


Drugs deaths 'down 30% in five years'

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The Welsh Government says the number of drug-related deaths in Wales has fallen by 30% over the last five years

Deaths from drug misuse in 2014 fell by 16% compared to 2013 and by 30% since 2010.

The drug misuse mortality rate in Wales has also fallen by 16% compared to 2014, to 39 deaths per million – the lowest rate since 2006.

These figures represent lives lost to families and communities across Wales and while I welcome the news of a further decrease, any death attributable to drugs is one too many.

Tackling drug misuse is a complex issue, which the Welsh Government has been working hard to address.

The fact that drug-related deaths are falling at such a rate in Wales is testament to the significant work which we and our partners are undertaking.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Deputy Health Minister

Mephedrone contamination ruled out after three fall ill

Three people who fell ill after taking the drug Mephedrone are likely to have been affected by the amount consumed and not because the drug was contaminated, according to a Public Health Wales investigation.

Two were admitted to intensive care following the incident earlier this month. One has now been discharged but the other remains critically ill.

Laboratory tests on the drug have ruled out any contamination and the investigation has now concluded.

'Hard-hitting' drug danger film premieres in Brynmawr

A short film aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of drugs will premiere at a cinema in Brynmawr tonight.

'The Good Drug Dealer' focuses on the impact that substances, such as Mephedrone, can have on families and communities.

The finishes touches are made to the final edit Credit: James Crichton-Smith / ITV News

The hour-long production comes off the back of a campaign by project researcher Jeff O'Reilly to get the substance banned as a legal high.

Gareth David Lloyd from Torchwood and Darren Evans from My Big Fat Diary both star in the drama.

The hour-long film premieres at Brynmawr's Market Hall Cinema this evening Credit: James Crichton-Smith / ITV News

Those backing the project, including police and local authorities, say it 'pulls no punches' in its drive to raise awareness of substance misuse.

Any proceeds from the film will be re-invested to the local charity People and Communities Engaged.

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