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Algarve city joins programme against drugs

Vila Real de Santo António (VRSA) has become the first Iberian city to join the European network of cities against drugs.

The municipality is going to create a strategy which includes funding for the rehabilitation of drug addicts.

Mayor Luís Gomes told Lusa news agency: “We are going to invest in the prevention and investigation of drug abuse to avoid it spreading in the council.

“We want to implement measures to alert families, preventive programmes in schools and develop anti-drugs activities.”

Luís Gomes believes the action will be beneficial for the county because it will enable the exchange of experiences and good practices among the European cities that comprise the network against drugs.

The network, established since 1994, has a total of 260 municipalities in 29 countries.