Drug awareness stall at Newry Bus Station

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Monday, October 19th, 2015
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The EANI Youth Service, in partnership with Translink and supported by the PSNI & the Policing and Community Safety Partnership are re-launching their very successful awareness raising stall at Newry Bus Station. Newry Bus Station Targeted information about illegal drugs and new psychoactive substances; so called “legal highs” will be disseminated at peak times (3.30pm -5.00pm) every Wednesday to young people and will also incorporate information on mental health, smoking cessation, sexual health and general well-being. PCSP Chair Cllr Mickey Larkin told Newry Times, “The PCSP is committed to tackling issues around drugs, not only to keep our young people safe, but to promote safer and healthier communities throughout our district.” Pauline McQuillan, one of the EANI team who will be delivering the project, stated, “Working with young people on a daily basis around concerns such as drugs and alcohol misuse, mental health etc. and how to deal with them is constantly come up. legalhighs1“Our pilot project earlier this year worked really well and allowed us to promote healthy messages as well as tackling issues around illegal drugs and so called legal highs, so we are delighted to be able to roll out for the full school year.” Sergeant Colin Massey, Newry Neighbourhood Police team added, ”We welcome and support this initiative particularly in relation to the legal highs, there is a lot of misinformation out there, and this initiative will help tackle that. He added, “It is important that people are made aware that many of these substances may not only be illegal but unsafe; there is a real risk people may be breaking the law and worse that you could take something that is potentially lethal.”
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