Busy Portlaoise shopping centres in Laois host drug and alcohol awareness events next week

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A drug and alcohol taskforce is to provide information on how to get help for drug and alcohol problems at two busy shopping centres in Laois next week.  

The Midland Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force (MRDATF) are launches the 2017 Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week on Monday, November 20 at 10.30am in the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise. 

The Awareness Week will be launched by Ms Siobhan Murphy, General Manager, HSE Primary Care Services, Midlands Louth/Meath CHO. 

The primary role of the MRDATF, which is funded by the Department of Health, is to research, develop, implement and monitor a co-ordinated response to the problem of drug and alcohol misuse as experienced in the counties of Longford, Westmeath, Laois and Offaly.

The Awareness Week will runs to Friday, November 24, with a range of events scheduled to take place across the counties of Longford, Westmeath, Laois and Offaly.

The task force says the aim of the Awareness Week is to focus on increasing awareness about drug and alcohol related issues and to highlight the range of drug and alcohol services available to people in the region. 

The wide range of events scheduled to take place have been organised by the MRDATF and Community, Voluntary and Statutory agencies within the region, each event has a specific target audience to include service providers, general public, parents, students and those under 18 years.

On the morning of the launch in Portlaoise, Ms Siobhan Murphy is also scheduled to open a seminar Drug/Alcohol Use & Pregnancy.  Organised by the MRDATF and HSE CADS (Community Alcohol and Drug Service), the aim of the seminar is to bring together interested individuals and agencies who work in the area of addiction to engage in meaningful learning and discussion regarding the impact of drug and alcohol use during pregnancy as well as related issues pre and post pregnancy for both parent and child.

On Thursday, November 23  two shopping centres in Portlaoise host Public Information and Awareness Events. Information stands will be hosted by a range of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment Service providers with a range of drug & alcohol related education & information material on display.

Venue: Laois Shopping Centre, 2pm – 5pm & 6pm – 8pm
Venue: Kyle Shopping Centre 9.30am – 1pm

Further information: Brian O’Sullivan, Extern MYDAS Project tel: 086 4682745 & Orla Fagan, MQI DATS Project tel: 086 7934920 

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