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Drugs crisis knows no boundaries; VOICE OF THE.

PATRICK Bentley was on a road to nowhere as he battled with his drug addiction.

The 50-year-old's substance problems spiralled from hash and LSD to cocaine binges that put his life at risk.

It was one of those benders that woke him up to how bad his drug demons were.

Patrick was at death's door after a splurge on coke in 2007 and realised he was killing himself slowly.

He turned his life around and is now on his way to become a successful author.

This country is in the grip of a drugs epidemic with hundreds of thousands of people addicted to the deadly drugs.

Services have been reduced to an all-time low with Government cutting back on cash for centres.

Patrick was one of the lucky ones - he diced with death and came out the other side.

He is an inspiration to others and hopefully his story will inspire others to follow his lead and turn their lives around.

But it is time for the Government to wake up to the crisis that is gripping every town and county.

It is time we invested in education programmes warning our youngsters of the dangers of dabbling in drugs and provide services for those who fall into the trap.

Otherwise we face deadly consequences and grieving families all over the country will be left counting the human cost.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Sep 28, 2014
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