Roscrea had a very successful Drugs Awareness Day on Saturday last October 1st, with over thirty people taking part in the certified one day programme which was professionally presented by the Dublin based “Community Awareness of Drugs” (CAD).
All participants were most satisfied that the programme succeeded in increasing their awareness. Increased awareness thus allowed those in attendance to empower themselves in dealing with drug related issues or in supporting family members, who may be experiencing difficulties, or those in such circumstances, within the community.
The organising of the day’s programme was initiated by “Roscrea Drugs Initiative” which represents a coming together of the Community, with the core objective of saving lives which may be otherwise lost through the use of drugs. The programme was organised in association with North Tipperary Leader Partnership. The Roscrea Drugs Initiative is also grateful for tangible support received from Centra of Shinrone and Tesco of Roscrea and in particular to Tesco’s community officer Mairead Ramsbottom, who also took part in Saturday’s course.
Saturday’s programme was ably and professionally presented by “CAD” with its coordinator Bernie McDonnell and CAD tutor Paula Tunney presenting the course, together with, a session from the parents of adults, in which two parents from Co Kilkenny related their own individual stories and the enormous challenges which they overcame in dealing with their children’s addiction. The Damer Court Hotel facilitated the course in every way possible and their support was greatly appreciated by participants.
The day was all about “Awareness” and Roscrea Drugs’ initiative is confident that “Awareness” empowers people, i.e. youth who may be vulnerable, parents, teachers, community youth leaders and others who are in a position to offer help to those caught in addiction and those and who may be in a position to help youth to avoid getting caught up in drug use and addiction. The course provided invaluable information on drugs of many varying kinds and their tragic and fatal effects which people invariably would not be aware of. Participants were also introduced to the “Wheel of Change,” being a technique by which those caught up in addiction are empowered to embark on the difficult journey of personal change and reclaiming their lives.