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Children’s charity reports steep rise in incidents involving alcohol and drug use around children

The NSPCC’s helpline has seen a rise in the number of people reporting drug and alcohol use around children over the last three years.
1,176 people from the North West contacted the charity last year to describe potential substance misuse amongst adults when children and young people were in their care or nearby.
The number is up by 23 per cent since 2013 /14, when 951 people got in touch.
Across the UK, there were more than 25,000 helpline contacts focused on the issue over the past three years.
The charity says it has made more than 3,040 referrals to external agencies, including the police and children’s services, about substance abuse around children in the past three years.