Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) is supporting local group HURT (Have Your Tommorows) to deliver a drugs and alcohol awareness campaign in the Council area. The PCSP has provided drugs and alcohol information boxes to the group to enhance and support their community engagement programme on this issue. Each drug box contains 24 types of drugs (replicas) with comprehensive details on appearance, methods of use, effects, street names, risks and what to look out for. The alcohol boxes contain ‘Beer Googles’ to simulate the impact alcohol has on our balance and sight as well as covering subjects such as types of alcohol, control of alcohol, health risks etc.
Speaking about the support offered to HURT Councillor Gus Hastings, Chairperson of Policing and Community Safety Partnership said,
“The impact of drugs and alcohol is an important issue that needs to be addressed right across our community. The PCSP is delighted to support HURT in the delivery of their awareness campaigns and we hope that the provision of this equipment will enhance the group’s delivery of the planned awareness sessions. The PCSP will also support any other local groups delivering drugs and alcohol awareness programmes by loaning this equipment to the group. The use of these drugs and alcohol boxes to raise awareness of the impact of drugs and alcohol will enable our residents to make more informed decisions on the use of these substances.’
Dessie Kyle, Centre Manager with HURT added,
‘We are extremely grateful to the Derry and Strabane PCSP for providing this equipment which will greatly enhance the impact of our awareness and education sessions. Our staff here at HURT have already commented on how relevant the display boxes are and how up to date the information is saying that they are the most impressive they have seen. This kit will be really useful for the groups that we engage with on a regular basis. We will continue to work with the PCSP to raise awareness of alcohol and drug issues in the local area enabling all our clients to make informed decisions.’
Notes: Community groups delivering drug and alcohol awareness sessions can have access to the display boxes by contacting the PCSP on 02871 253253 or firstname.lastname@example.org or https://www.facebook.com/derryandstrabanepcsp/