Local drugs initiative offers families a helping hand

The Mid Tipperary Drugs Initiative (MTDI) is one of three community based drug initiatives spread across South Tipperary.

The Mid Tipperary Drugs Initiative (MTDI) is one of three community based drug initiatives spread across South Tipperary.

It is funded by the Health Service Executive and managed by Tipperary Regional Youth Services and was established in 1999 as a response to the growing public concerns around the issues of substance misuse in the area.

It covers the provincial towns of Tipperary, Cashel and Fethard as well as a wide rural spread encompassing Cappawhite, Clerihan, Dundrum, Mullinahone, Killenaule, Balllingarry, Bansha and Golden as well as their rural environs.

The main aim of the project is to support individuals, families and communities to overcome issues related to substance misuse through one to one work, group work, family work and community initiatives.

Over the next few months the project worker, Carmel O’Neill, will be taking questions and giving information on the current drug trends as well as services available to people in South Tipperary in relation to substance misuse. If you have any questions or issues please contact Carmel on 087 6188075, or via email on carmel.oneill@trys.ie or by post to MTDI, Hogan Square, Cashel. All questions and problems will be dealt with in a confidential manner. See page 23.