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National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol

The NACDA was established in response to the drug problem to assist in our continued need to improve our knowledge and understanding of problem drug use.

The goal of the NACDA is to advise the Government on problem drug use in Ireland in relation to prevalence, prevention consequences and treatment based on our analysis and interpretation of research findings.

Ballymun Youth Action Project: Benzodiazepines-whose little helper? The role of Benzodiazepines in the development of substance misuse problems in Ballymun.

Title:

Ballymun Youth Action Project: Benzodiazepines-whose little helper? The role of Benzodiazepines in the development of substance misuse problems in Ballymun.
Authors: Ballymun Youth Action Project
Published: October 2004
Pages: 52
File Size: 278 KB
Format: PDF
   

Executive Summary

 

This report studies the role of benzodiazepines in the development of substance misuse problems in Ballymun. The report also explores the dynamics of supply and demand in a local context, and highlights the factors that allow the continuance of a relatively high level of benzodiazepine use within the community. The report makes a series of recommendations including strategies that may facilitate change. Primarily, it stresses the need to invest in the development of services to complement medical practitioners and develop non-pharmaceutical supports for benzodiazepine detoxification and alternatives to benzodiazepine therapy.
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