The collapse of a leading charity in Merseyside has heightened concerns over the future of thousands of recovering drug users.
Thousands of people in four Merseyside boroughs are cared for by the Lighthouse Project, while the charity employs 250 staff.
Urgent meetings have been held by NHS organisations and local councils in an attempt to ensure that services provided to recovering drug users are not disrupted.
The charity's chief executive, Diane Bird, has been suspended.
"It is with very great regret that the trustees of Lighthouse Project are being forced to close the charity due to unresolvable financial difficulties," said a statement.
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