Stephen Metcalfe local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock has expressed his support for the local Open Road centre in Basildon which provides much needed help for individuals affected by drugs and alcohol.
Open Road is the leading provider of drug and alcohol services in the East of England with numerous centres located throughout Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. The site in Basildon offers a safe and secure environment in which people suffering with drug or alcohol related problems can seek advice, access services and treatment, and where under 18s can access Essex Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service (EYPDAS).
Mr Metcalfe commented: “Open Road provide an invaluable service to people suffering with drug or alcohol related issues. They not only offer services to deal with the practicalities of addiction, but most importantly, they empower people, enabling them to choose a life free from drugs and alcohol. This not only benefits individuals but the community as a whole.”
“In conjunction with EYPDAS, Open Road are in the process of launching a new project that would see representatives from the organisations go into local schools to educate the young people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol in a more accessible and informative way.”
Mr Metcalfe added: “Prevention is better than cure and education is a key way through which prevention can be achieved. I will be wholeheartedly supporting this project and am already in the process of a convening a meeting with colleagues and groups in South Essex to try and find away to fund this important endeavour. Basildon Council has kindly agreed to host the meeting and I look forward to seeing the outcome. I will also be contacting other MPs including the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles about the issue.”