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Police in Dumfries and Galloway hold Facebook drugs webchat

Police in Dumfries and Galloway are to hold a Facebook webchat for anyone wanting to find out about the effects and consequences of drug use.

The event will take place between 18:00 and 20:00 on Tuesday.

It will be hosted on V Division's Facebook page, and officers hope people who might not normally make contact will do so via social media.

They said it could offer advice from experts on the issue in a confidential and - if wanted - anonymous manner.

The event is also being supported by the advice and treatment organisations ISSU18 and Addaction.

Det Con Scott Jardine said: "The webchat is basically any question you have wanted to ask about drugs and the panel will do their utmost to answer.

"If we don't have the answer - which is unlikely - we will return to you in the following few days and provide you with an updated response.

"This can be done in the comfort of your own home and anonymously if you would rather do it that way."

'Increase knowledge'

He said they hoped to provide "pertinent and reliable information" on drugs.

"I will be completing this webchat with trained professionals who deal with drugs and their effects on a daily basis whether it's with adults or children," he said.

"You can ask us anything on drugs or new psychoactive substances and we will endeavour to answer and provide that person with information that will increase their knowledge.

"This information will be confidential and, where appropriate, it can be anonymous."

He said police and drug treatment agencies realised people could feel "intimidated" by face-to-face discussions and wanted to offer another option.

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