Launch of KHAT Awareness Project in Liverpool

A new project that aims to reduce the use of banned Class C drug KHAT launches in Liverpool tomorrow. (21 November 2018)

The initiative will help affected communities understand the health and legal implications of using KHAT, a plant-based substance banned since 2014.

The project has been developed by the Community Development Team at Mersey Care, in partnership with Sanctuary Family Support and Liverpool Somali Community and is being funded by Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner through her Crime Prevention Fund, which aims to give community organisations a cash boost to cut crime and protect neighbourhoods.

Community ambassadors will be out in Liverpool communities offering one to one support and information on KHAT, aiming to prevent its use and providing help and advice to those who use it.

Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “The Crime Prevention Fund is designed to recognise the really significant role local groups and third sector organisations play in identifying issues in their own communities. They often devise highly effective and inventive approaches to tackling those problems. I am pleased to be able to support this new project which will raise awareness of this banned substance and the impact its use can have on individuals, families and the wider community. I look forward to seeing the progress this initiative can make over the next few months.”

Dr Yasir Abbasi, clinical director of Mersey Care Addiction Services, Abdi Ahmed community delopment officer and Maddy Vaz, from Sanctuary Family Support will be available on the day for interviews.

For further information, please contact:  Maddy Vaz email maddy@sanctuaryfs.org Tel 0151 735 0747 or Abdi Ahmed email abdi.ahmed@merseycare.nhs.uk Tel 0151 708 7414.