County Longford Drugs Forum are pleased to announce that they will be hosting an information evening with special guest speaker Oisín McConville former Armagh County Footballer on Monday 15th of April at 8pm in the Temperance Hall, Longford (Admission Free).
Mr McConville, who is an addiction counsellor, will talk about his own personal experience with addiction and will explain about his pathway to recovery, challenges and difficulties experienced through recovery and methods and ways of dealing with addictions.
Also speaking on the night are Ms. Anne Marie Stenson from the HSE Family Welfare Conference Centre, who will talk about the services and supports available to families and methods of communicating with your teen and Sgt Adrian Queeny of the Garda Drug Squad will speak about the Garda response to drug issues in Longford.
The night has been organised by the County Longford Drugs Forum which is comprised of organisations drawn from statutory, community and voluntary sectors which have a remit around the area of problem substance use and attendant issues in County Longford.
The purpose of the County Longford Drugs forum is to work in a proactive partnership in order to provide a strategic and coherent response to problem substance use issues in County Longford. The work of the forum is structured around the five pillars of the national drugs strategy 2009-2016 and the four pillars of the Midlands Regional drugs task force Action plan including; Supply Reduction, Prevention, Treatment and research.
Speaking to the Leader, Cllr Tony Flaherty, Chairperson of the County Longford Drugs Forum said: “The information evening is designed to give local people an opportunity to get a clearer understanding of addiction and to learn of what supports are out there for people.
“We are delighted to have Oisín McConville present on the night to give us a first-hand insight into addiction and the pathways to recovery.”
As part of Drug Awareness Week in Longford, the group will also be hosting an information day in the Longford Shopping Centre on Wednesday 17th of April and people are encouraged to come along and chat to the supports and services which will be present on the day. The County Longford Drugs Forum is funded through the Midlands Regional Drugs Forum which enable the group to carry out their annual work plan. If you need further information on the event please contact Tony on 086 7329177. Please log on to www.drugs.ie for local supports and services.