Northern Ireland

Churches launch counselling service for teen addicts

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Image caption A growing number of young people are becoming addicted to drugs

An inter-church group has called on the Executive to do more to help Northern Ireland's teenage drugs addicts.

The churches said a growing number of young people were addicted to drugs.

Presbyterian spokesman Lindsay Conway said the combined churches were trying to help, but they needed more support from the government.

Mr Conway said a counselling service was being launched which "at least will have an immediate response to some local problems".

"We would like to develop a small six to eight-bed unit within Northern Ireland to address this situation now," he said.