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Tackling Drugs Changing Lives Awards - national winners
10 December 2009
The two overall winners of this year's Tackling Drugs Changing Lives Awards were announced by the Home Office Minister Alan Campbell at an awards ceremony in London.
Daniel Smyth from the Brent Centre for Young People in London was named Drug Worker of the Year 2008 for the intensive support he has given to 27 young men with challenging behaviour who use a variety of substances.
Family First in Middlesbrough were named Drug Team of the Year 2008 for their innovative and ground breaking work in helping children at risk due to parental substance misuse.
Home Office Minister Alan Campbell said, 'These awards celebrate the great contribution that dedicated and hard-working professionals and volunteers make in helping individuals overcome drug addiction, which in turn helps families and communities. Both winners demonstrate a commitment and determination that is making a real difference on the streets.
'Latest statistics show that overall drug use is now at its lowest level for ten years, clearly demonstrating our efforts to tackle drugs and get them off our streets are delivering results. But we continue to focus our efforts on reducing the harm caused by illegal drugs through enforcement, education and treatment.
'Working with the inspirational people I have met today, I am determined to create safer, stronger communities free from the menace of drug use'.
For more information, go to the Tackling Drugs Changing Lives Awards pages.