A hard-hitting drugs and alcohol awareness campaign is to hit the streets of Tameside
The initiative aims to help more people
Posters and leaflets carrying sobering images of ordinary-looking people who are "hooked" will be displayed on buses and at GPs' surgeries, post offices and other public buildings.
The initiative aims to highlight the fact that anyone can be affected by drug and alcohol problems and tell them where they can get help.
Almost 900 Tameside residents sought treatment for drug and alcohol problems last year.
But Tameside Drug and Alcohol Action Team which is behind Monday's launch believes many more may be in need of help.
Councillor Margaret Oldham said: "Substance misuse is a major concern for Tameside residents and the local authority.
"We are investing substantial funds in local services, but only a few people are aware of the help that is available."
Dr Kate Wooff, director of public health at Tameside and Glossop Primary Care Trust, said: "Drugs and alcohol can cause untold harm to both individuals and their families and friends.
"However, the treatment services we offer in Tameside and Glossop can help overcome these problems and have a positive effect on people's lives."
For information on the services available people are asked to ring the free 24-hour helpline FRANK on 0800 77 66 00.