The ultimate sadness of any addiction is death from self-abuse or suicide. So how serious is the situation? The answer is we simply do not know. The only statistics available suggest somewhere between 250 and 650 suicides annually.
There are many exciting local projects in Gloucester, including the Redwell Centre, Roots Cafe, the Barnwood Trust, the Friendship Cafe and more. I've worked to support these through funding bids and promoting their great work.
We’re spending more on schools than ever before and I'm working on getting more local pupils at our grammar schools and children from disadvantaged backgrounds too. Technical education is also important with over 9000 new apprentices in Gloucester since 2005.
There are new nursing assistants apprenticeships and more nursing degrees, new technology, more funding for hospitals and changes in nursing pay too. Find out more about health, social care and the NHS.