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Pontifical council to publish handbook on drug addiction

The Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers is set to release a handbook outlining its view on how the Church should respond to the challenge of drug addiction.

The publication - titled The Church: Drugs and Drug Addiction - will be launched on Tuesday by Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the council, and by its secretary, Bishop Jose Luis Redrado Marchite. They will be joined by French priest and expert on adolescent issues, Fr Tony Anatrella, who is a consultor of the Council.

Pope John Paul II has previously argued against the decriminalisation of drugs of addiction, and church involvement in safe injecting centres.

Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers