The Oxfordshire Users Team (OUT), which helps around 300 local drug users annually, risks closure by the end of 2007 following cuts in government funding. Staffed by former addicts, the team works with the police as part of a harm-reduction strategy group and has helped reduce the number of drug-related deaths in Oxfordshire from 21 three years ago to eight in 2006. Since its founding four years ago the OUT charity based in James Street, East Oxford, has set up 18 similar groups across Britain. They are currently appealing for helpers with fundraising experience.
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