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Oldham Chronicle
25 September, 2002

Talks between tranquilliser addicts and the town's health bosses will be held on Monday.

Long-time campaigner Mr Barry Haslam of Uppermill called for help from Oldham's new Primary-Care Trust when it became operational in April.

Mr Haslam, who says his life was ruined for 10 years because of his addiction to Ativan, is fighting for a better deal for people addicted to prescribed drugs.

The PCT has pledged its support, promising help for the 8,000 people he says are hooked on legally available drugs.

Dr Ian Wilkinson, a PCT board member and chairman of the trust's professional executive committee, has agreed to meet representatives of Tranx, the Oldham support group for people addicted to legal drugs.

Also at the meeting, which will take place at Coldhurst Community Centre, will be Mr Alan Higgins, Oldham’s new Director of Public Health.

Mr Haslam has also invited Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Phil Woolas, who has supported Mr Haslam’s campaign in the past.

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