New Tipp town course on alcohol and substance abuse

Carmel O’Neill, project worker with Mid Tipperary Drugs Initiative (MTDI), is pleased to announce the relaunch of an Addiction Studies Course in Tipperary Town early in the New Year.

Carmel O’Neill, project worker with Mid Tipperary Drugs Initiative (MTDI), is pleased to announce the relaunch of an Addiction Studies Course in Tipperary Town early in the New Year.

Following the success of similar courses being run in the town over the last 3 years, MTDI, in conjunction with the Health Service Executive Substance, Misuse Service South Tipperary, and the LIT institute are pleased to offer people with an interest in knowing more about drug and alcohol misuse an opportunity to participate in the course.

This Addiction Studies course will run over ten weeks, each Tuesday for two hours from 10am to 12pm. The start date for the course is Tuesday, January 15. 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 effects on communities.

No prior knowledge of drug and alcohol misuse is needed to participate in this programme. Speakers and facilitators on the course will include the Community Based Drugs Worker, HSE and other outside agencies.

The MTDI project has being running for some years now, and is one of a number of community based drug initiative run in the South East Region in association with the HSE. The Mid Tipperary Drugs initiative has close links with the HSE Substance Misuse Service South Tipperary, working with its Education Worker, Addiction Counsellors and Outreach worker 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 programme to address related issues, the Mid Tipperary Drugs Initiative is an important project for the mid Tipperary region. Carmel 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 Carmel O’Neill, Mid Tipperary Drugs initiative on 087-6188075 or Email carmel.oneill@trys.ie.

The closing date for applicants is Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Numbers are limited and places will be filled on a first come first served basis so please submit your applicants as soon as possible. A certificate of participation will be provided for those who complete the programme.