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Addicted Bristol: Life and Death

A series by The Bristol Cable

Bristol’s drug problem is threatening lives more than ever.

We’re launching a series of stories about the people fighting addiction, treating it and pushing for reform.


With drug-related deaths at record highs and funding being cut from addiction services, it feels high-time to put drug use in Bristol under the microscope. For many people in our city, drugs can threaten lives while treatment can save them.

At what feels like a crucial time for drugs and drug policy, this series will tell stories of drug users at risk, former addicts now in recovery, the treatment systems aiming to get them clean and the policies that could reduce harm.

If you have personal experience of addiction in Bristol, get in touch confidentially here.

Illustration: Rosie Carmichael

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