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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.

Kilbarrack Coast Community Programme: A prevalence study of drug use by young people in a mixed suburban area.

Title:

A prevalence study of drug use by young people in a mixed suburban area
Authors: Dave Farrington and Alison Connor, Kilbarrack Coast Community Project
Published: October 2004
Pages: 88
File Size: 394 KB
Format: PDF
   

Executive Summary

 

 

This study establishes the patterns and trends of drug misuse in the Kilbarrack area by young people aged 10 – 17 and examines their attitudes to drug use, and the risk factors accompanying their use. The study also assesses the drug use among a sample of early school leavers and examines the views of community members on the drug situation in the area. Representing a socially mixed area, the research is important in providing an indication of drug use and attitudes to drugs of young people in similar suburban communities around the country. The report makes a series of recommendations including an examination of the feasibility of a Pilot Project in Kilbarrack bringing together schools, sporting organisations, community and voluntary groups in partnership with the statutory agencies, particularly the health board to tackle drug use by young people. The continued development and implementation of effective approaches to drug education is also recommended.
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