Republican News · Thursday 19 November 1998

[An Phoblacht]

A week of drug prevention

By Tara O'Liaith

This week saw the launch of European Drug Prevention Week. The European Commission initiative lasts from 15-22 November.

The theme of the week is Multidisciplinary Approach and Drug Prevention: Awareness Raising in Society and Partnerships. The aim is to heighten awareness of the dangers and effects of drug misuse, and to reassure parents, professionals and young people that help is available..

In Dublin, the Week was officially launched by the Minister for Health and Children Brian Cowen last Sunday in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght.

The Week has seen a steady flow of events throughout the city. The Merchants Quay Project held a special service in honour of all those who have suffered at the hands of drugs, an arts exhibition featuring work by clients and Friday sees the launch of a special comic with a drug prevention message. The comic was developed with the assistance of the Arts Group, clients of the project.

Friday also sees the launch of Adventure in the City, a game developed by staff and mambers of ARISCO in Lisbon, Portugal with funding from the European Commission, The staff of Crosscare DAP in Dublin have now brought it to Dublin.

Included in their list of events for the week, Ballymun Youth Project holds a conference on Saturday entitled Leading the Way; Promoting Local Participation in Responding to Drug Misuse. The conference will be held in Dublin Castle and attended by over 200 people. Guest of honour is President Mary McAleese.

The Eastern Health Board's events include a video for parents on drug prevention, eight seminars, a series of open Narcotics Anonymous meetings and a newsletter from the Ballyfermot area.

The highlight of the Ringsend area's events is two performances of a play entitled Where Have All the Spoons Gone? written specially for the week by a local woman and performed by the area's own Drama Group, Watersedge.

Although the European Drug Prevention Week is aimed at informing and educating people it's also about strengthening, promoting and supporting the good work carried out across cities and countries each day of the year, not just this week.

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