Drug Awareness Week was launched in the Attic Youth Café on Monday October 1st and ran in conjunction with a regional plan of activities organised by the Midland Regional Drugs Taskforce. Drug Awareness week provided an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm caused to individuals, families and the community by the misuse of alcohol and other drugs.
The launch of Drug Awareness week in Longford was marked by the presentation of prizes to local young people and their secondary schools who participated in An Alcohol Awareness Poster Competition, organised by the Attic Youth Café Drug Education Initiative and County Longford Drugs Forum.
Local secondary schools and youth groups were invited to explore the negative consequences of alcohol use under the themes ‘I thought it would be fun’ and ‘my friends don’t like it when I drink’.
Local secondary schools were extremely supportive of the initiative and the volume and standard of entries was high. Issues explored by the young people included damaged relationship difficulties with family and friends, isolation, depression, addiction, accidents fighting, doing badly in education and fatality. The poster competition proved to be a huge success highlighting the importance of partnership with local secondary schools and the Attic Youth Café in creating awareness about the harmful effects of alcohol and drug use. Posters were displayed in Davis’ Supervalu to highlight and promote Drug Awareness Week.
Prizes were presented on the night to Mean Scoil Mhuire the Winning secondary school represented by Sarah Devine and Jade Gilll and Runners up Chloe Wormald, Ard Scoil Padraig, Tara Maguire, Cnoc Mhuire, Granard, and Ellen Kelly, Mercy Convent, Ballymahon.