Home Office research estimates that Cornwall is home to between 2,000 and 2,700 users of opiates and / or crack cocaine. The estimated unmet need (people requiring treatment but not in contact with services) is between 550 and 1,300 people. Of this the 25-34 age group is above the UK average for Class A drug users.
The overall number of hospital admissions related to drug misuse in Cornwall has increased over the last three years. Admissions are mostly emergency admissions.
With this in mind we believe that there is a need to educate and provide a solution for this growing social problem, so we have invited Teen Challenge UK to come and share their experiences and testimonies throughout Cornwall over four days.
Teen Challenge UK, a registered charity and operates nationally to help young people who have developed life controlling problems, especially drug and alcohol addictions, and also to offer preventative help to those who may be in danger of doing so. They help people become mentally sound, physically well, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted & spiritually alive.
We are delighted and excited to be hosting EVIDENCE, a Teen Challenge production of young men who have completed the Teen Challenge Christian discipleship rehabilitation programme. Each member of the production, having experienced the horrors of years of drug addiction, now enjoy freedom from hopelessness of their former lifestyle.
This all male team provides a programme of songs, powerful testimonies and challenging ministry. The testimonies will be particularly relevant for people with addictions and other life controlling problems. The events are suitable for all ages.
Thursday 9th May, 7pm at Centenary Methodist Church, Camborne
Friday 10th May, 7pm at Truro Methodist Church, Truro
Saturday 11th May, 7pm at The Shire Suite, Bodmin
Sunday 12th May, 10.30am & 5.30pm at Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
For more information please call 0845 0096 330 or contact Gateway 2 New Life church in Launceston, www.gateway2newlife.co.uk/teenchallenge.