Christmas drug use warning

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Friday, December 19th, 2014
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In the run up to Christmas the Public Health Agency (PHA) is warning that the misuse of any drugs which have not been prescribed to you can result in death or permanent damage to your health. During the festive period when many people will be socialising, the PHA is reminding people to think about the dangers that drugs pose to health and life. Owen O’Neill, the PHA’s Lead on Alcohol and Drugs, said, “Misusing drugs which have not been prescribed for you can cause serious damage to your health or even death. “At this time of year, many people will be celebrating Christmas and some may be more likely to take drugs, putting their lives at risk. “You can never be sure what has gone into the drugs you are taking, therefore, the only way to avoid all risks is to not take any drugs which have not been prescribed for you by your doctor. He added, “Any medication that you have been prescribed should be taken in the proper way.” The PHA is also raising awareness of the dangers of prescription drug misuse, mixing drugs with alcohol, bingeing on drugs and taking more than one drug (poly drug use). “Bingeing is very dangerous and can result in death or permanent damage to your health,” said Owen. “Typically, bingeing involves taking a combination of drugs over a prolonged period. This can have an impact on you physically and also mentally as the comedown can be very difficult.” If you have taken alcohol and or drugs and are feeling unwell, please seek help. For further information, see the PHA’s advice on harm reduction for drug users: www.bit.ly/drugharm

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