Message in song

25th February 2000 at 00:00
KEITH HELLAWELL, the Government's drugs tsar, is holding talks with the music industry on how it can help tackle illegal drug abuse. He has also urged television's major soap operas to take a responsible attitude to drugs in their storylines.

Home Office figures show that the number f arrests for drug offences rose by 13 per cent last year, while seizures of illegal drugs rose 8 per cent. A report by the Police Federation, due out next month, is expected to recommend treating ecstasy as a soft drug like cannabis, rather than a class-A drug such as heroin.

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