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anti-drugs debate at Ryan Centre
campaigners behind this week's successful Question-Time-style
debate in Stranraer have vowed to continue the fightback against
the area's drug problem.
70 people attended the debate in Stranraer¹s Ryan Centre
on Monday afternoon.
afterwards, Penny Halliday, from family support group You
Are Not Alone, said that anti-drugs feeling was strong and
the community fightback would continue.
lot of issues were discussed and I think everyone learned
a lot. Even on the controversial issues like legalisation
the debate never became heated," she said.
plan now is for community groups, such as the Chamber of
Trade, community councils, victim support and voluntary
groups, all to unite to form a group which will hopefully
be able to influence the issue."
is too good to let go and it is important that we show people
that we do not just talk about things and then let it go."
Against Drugs' Raymond Carvill added that he, too, was pleased
at the way the event had gone. A sign of the growing respect
with which his group are viewed was the wide cross-section
of society who turned out from the region's police, education
and public health chiefs, to MSPs and anti-drugs campaigners,
to former and current heroin users.
contributed to a lively debate which, deftly marshalled by
chairman Alastair Geddes, never once threatened to boil out
of control. The platform party were joined by two senior Stranraer
Academy pupils, Karen Ramsey and Stephen Ross, and a large
group of their fellow students listened intently in the audience.