Congratulations to the twenty-five participants who recently completed the Community Addiction Programme 2014 in Tipperary Town. The course ran over a ten week period and was co-ordinated by the Mid Tipperary Drugs Initiative with the support of the Substance Misuse Service (HSE), Tipperary Regional Youth Service and LIT Tipperary.
“Thanks to the support from organisations such as the Substance Misuse Service (HSE), LIT Tipperary and our other guest speakers we were able to deliver a quality course for the participants year in year out,” said Carmel O’Neill from the Mid Tipperary Drugs Initiative. “The programme included: drug facts and myths, family systems theory, young people and addiction and transactional analysis and addiction. One of the highlights of the programme, highlighted by one course participant, was the range and diversity of the speakers which made the course a real eye opener.”
During the course work participants investigated the opportunities to misuse everyday cleaning products and aerosols in the home and garden. Many spray paint products, paint strippers, general cleaning products that families have under the kitchen sink could be misused by children and inquisitive teenagers and advice was given on keeping such products out of harms reach. Course participants made a presentation on how to look out for the signs of substance misuse and ways to deal with the issues arising from experimentation. Prevention was one of the key messages and the awareness of parents to look for signs of misuse.
The MTDI project is in existence since 1999, and is one of three Community Based Drug Initiatives that are funded by the HSE, the MTDI is managed by Tipperary Regional Youth Service.