Video about young people’s smoking

Dun Laoghaire Community Training Centre has circulated this video on smoking, and is seeking likes to help it win online award. View video here

Date for your diary

Older drug-users: Monday, Nov 5th. Assembly Hall, DLR County Council Office, Dun Laoghaire.

The DLR Drug and Alcohol Task Force, in conjunction with Southside Partnership and DLR- Community Addiction Team will be launching a report on the health and social needs of older drug users, who have been more than ten years in continuous treatment. The research was undertaken by Dr. Paula Mayock, TCD. The launch will include a workshop on this important theme. Invitations will be issued in due course 

Family Support Network - young person’s support programme

Family Support Network – young person’s support programme

The Family Support Network is hosting an information seminar on the Young Persons’ Support Programme, which is designed to meet the needs of young people who are aged under 18 and who are living with a relative’s addiction problem. The programme is a ten module activity based programme that supports the development of vital life skills in young people living with problem drug or alcohol use in their homes, and is designed to be run as part of the work of a family resource centre or youth / or drug support project. Anyone interested in the programme may attend the seminar, which is being held on July 25th. Further information:

HRB updates on treated drug use

HRB releases updated report on treated drug use

The Health Research Board has published latest figures on drug treatment, for the period 2010-2016. Opiates (mainly heroin) continue to be the most commonly reported drug, although the proportion of cases treated has decreased from 58% (5,115 cases) in 2010, to 47% (4,341 cases) in 2016, illustrating further that the type and nature of treated drug problems is changing.  Cannabis cases have increased from 23% (2,025 cases) in 2010 to 26% (2,439) of all cases in 2016. It is also the most commonly reported drug by NEW cases. The proportion of all cases who were homeless has almost doubled, increasing from 5% (453) in 2010 to 10% (886) in 2016. The proportion of cases treated who identified as Travellers has also increased from 2.8% (245) in 2010, to 3.2% (296) in 2016. The proportion of Travellers in the general population is 0.7% (2016 Census). A very high proportion of cases were unemployed. The proportion of cases unemployed increased from 63% (5,547) in 2010 to 66% (6,107) in 2016. Interestingly, the proportion of all cases treated who reported ever injecting remained relatively stable over the reporting period at around one-third of all cases, while the proportion of cases new to treatment reporting ever injecting has decreased slightly from 15% (570) in 2010 to 14% (476) in 2016.

Full information: press release, infographic and the report are all available on the HRB website    

Youth At-Risk Network

Youth At-Risk Network (Workshop Series)

The fifth in the DLR Youth At-Risk Network (YARN) Workshop Series was held in Samuel Beckett Civic Centre, Ballyogan, Tuesday, May 29th, 2018, with a focus on Youth Mental Health. View proceedings in this 90-second video clip.    

Important Announcement - National Consultation

Possession of illegal drugs for personal use

The Drug Policy Unit in the Department of Health has announced a public consultation on the possession of illegal drugs for personal use.  The consultation seeks the views of the public on the effectiveness of the current law and on what alternatives could be considered. If you have a view on this important issue you are encouraged to participate in the process – the Department is particularly keen to get thew views of young people. The consultation involves an online questionnaire, which must be completed by June 30th.

Concerns about Church of Scientology educational materials

There are growing concerns about the distribution of Church of Scientology educational materials in schools and more widely.  The materials are not endorsed by health officials and do not directly reveal their source. Schools and other bodies are advised to check back with health authorities before facilitating speakers and leaflet distribution.

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Medically supervised injecting facility announced

mq facility

Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI), has been selected to operate Ireland’s first Medically Supervised Injecting Facility (MSIF) in Dublin City Centre, on a pilot basis. The facility will be operated in close partnership with all relevant partners, including the HSE, the Gardaí, Dublin City Council and the local community, to ensure its success as a pilot project.

Further information

News report

Substance misuse prevention initiative

The Task Force is developing a new initiative during 2018 on substance misuse prevention. This initiative will involve training-up personnel already working in youth prevention, and providing each – through their agency – with a small budget to operate a series of groupwork programmes. The groupwork programmes will target vulnerable youth, aged 13-19, as follows:

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  • Young people in community settings, such as youth services, special youth projects, care and after-care projects, family resource services, and out of school education, with a focus on preventing or delaying onset of substance use and misuse, and
  • Young people who have already commenced cannabis or other drug use, with a focus on preventing an escalation from occasional to regular or serious use.

Further information

Social media and vulnerable youth

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The next workshop in the Youth At-Risk network series will be held on Thursday, April 12th in Harbour View Business Centre, Dun Laoghaire. For now, this is just an advance notice and more detailed information will issue in early March. There is little doubt but that social media encompasses a wide range of activity, straddling personal, social and working lives, and clearly it is a medium whose potential, positive and negative, is yet to be fully realised. Two recent developments give expression to its contrasting uses. On the one hand it has been widely criticised because of the way it has been used for grooming children by sex predators, while on the other social media has played an important role in mobilising and politicising American youth campaigning for more effective gun control. As a reminder, when it was originally decided to have a social media workshop the following title was decided: “Understanding both the benefits and the harms for young people arising from the use of social media”. The workshop will keep with this theme and more details will be circulated later.

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