Community training on substance mis-use

Are you interested in learning more about substance misuse and how it can affect your community, family or young person? Tipperary Regional Youth Service is pleased to announce the launch of an Addiction Studies Course in Tipperary Town early in the New Year.

Are you interested in learning more about substance misuse and how it can affect your community, family or young person? Tipperary Regional Youth Service is pleased to announce the launch of an Addiction Studies Course in Tipperary Town early in the New Year.

Following the success of this programme in 2009, 2010 and in 2011, the Mid Tipperary Drugs Initiative, in conjunction with the Health Service Executive Substance Misuse Service South Tipperary, the Tipperary Institute and Tipperary Regional Youth Service are encouraging people with an interest in knowing more about drug and alcohol misuse to participate in the course.

This Addiction Studies course will run over ten weeks, each Wednesday for two hours from 10am to 12pm. The proposed start date for the course is Wednesday, 25th January.

It is hoped participants will represent a wide variety of community and statutory agencies, as well as interested members of the public with a specific interest in substance misuse, and its effect on communities. No prior knowledge of drug and or alcohol misuse is needed to participate in this programme.

Speakers and facilitators on the course will include the Community Based Drug Worker, Addiction Counsellors, Drug Education Officer, Nurse Managers, the Garda and others.

This ensures that participants receive a broad based understanding of the multi faceted nature of drug and alcohol misuse and the services provided. The content of the course, amongst other things, outline the various types of drugs, examining drug misuse in relation to the law, effects and complications of use and provide an overview of the main categories of substance misuse as well as treatments and supports available.

The MTDI project has been running for some years now, and is one of a number of community based drugs initiatives run in the South East Region in association with the HSE.

The Mid Tipp Drugs Initiative has close links with the HSE Substance Misuse Service South Tipperary, working with its Education Worker, Addiction Counsellors and Outreach workers to deliver programmes around awareness raising, diversionary activities and community supports.

Working with young people, their families and communities to support substance misuse awareness and programmes to address related issues, the Mid Tipperary Drugs Initiative is an important project for the mid Tipperary region.

Roger Metha is available to come and talk to groups, clubs, community groups and committees on the issue of substance misuse.

Anyone interested in the course should contact Lisa McGrath, Tipperary Regional Youth Service or email lisa.mcgrath@trys.ie. The closing date for applicants is the 16th January. Numbers are limited and places will be filled on a first come first served basis. A certificate of participation will be provided for those who complete the programme.