Heroin

Ex-drug addicts call for early intervention

MPs are told children must receive support
A group of recovering drug addicts have told MPs that intervention to help young people doesn't begin early enough. 

They were appearing before the Scottish Affairs Committee as part of an inquiry into problem drug use. 

Mandy Baker was watching.

There's more from Today In Parliament at 23.30 on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

On the front line against county lines

Colin Campbell

Special Correspondent, BBC South East

Footage shot by police in Hastings as they take on London-based drug gangs targeting the town.

On the front line in the fight against the county lines drug trade
Footage shot by police in Hastings as they take on London-based drug gangs targeting the town.
Satellite images show an agricultural compound in Afghanistan converted into a heroin lab.
Satellite images show an agricultural compound in Afghanistan converted into a heroin lab.
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Saving Jesus From Nyaope

A heroin-based drug called 'Nyaope' is destroying young lives in South Africa’s townships.
Warning: contains scenes of drug use.

A heroin-based drug cocktail called nyaope is destroying young lives in South Africa’s townships.

Our reporter Golden Mtika finds an old family friend, Jesus, addicted to the drug and scavenging in an open sewer.

While Jesus goes into rehab, Golden goes in search of the dealers who bribe the police and push the drug. But will Jesus get clean?

'County lines' heroin and cash seized by police in Newquay

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Heroin with a street value of about £2,000 was seized from a property in Newquay on Thursday.

Devon and Cornwall Police also seized mobile phones, a vehicle and about £1,000 in cash from Higher Tower Road.

Insp Dave Meredith said over the past 18 months, there'd been a "significant increase" in the supply and use of Class A drugs in the town.

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It's thought drug gangs from larger urban areas who use violence and intimidation to operate a practice called "County Lines" in smaller towns and rural areas are responsible.

"Due to the impact of heroin and crack on our community, one of our priorities is the disruption of County Lines networks. I am delighted a consignment of heroin was been taken off the town's streets"

Insp Dave MeredithNewquay Police