Saturday 21 September 2019

Help on dealing with an overdose

FRONTLINE drugs workers came together last Wednesday to launch an exciting and innovating new programme called Community Overdose Intervention (CODI)

Coinciding with Drugs Awareness Week, the new programme was launched by the Education and Prevention group of the Local Drugs Task Force.

It is funded by the Young Person's Services and Facilities Fund (YPSF) Wexford and supported by the Ferns Diocesan Youth Service and the School Completion Programme.

The initiative was launched in the Riverbank House Hotel by Chris Purnell, co-ordinator of the SouthEast Regional Drugs Task Force and attended by students from the Presentation secondary school, Youthtrain, Wexford Vocational College, Carlow IT Wexford and members of FDYS youth projects along with teachers, community gardai and HSE staff.

Jarlath Fallon from the Department of Education was also among the guests.

Students from the Presentation gave a slide show on Head Shops and the way they are marketed. Their project was part of a peer education programme that they recently participated in.

Theewere information stands on the Community Based Drugs Initiative (CBDI), youth counselling services, Mental Health Ireland, the Family Support Network and other agencies.

Carlow IT students staged a drama performance and there was art work on display from various schools.

The CODI campaign aims to show people how to call for help in an emergency, and how to put someone in the recovery position if an overdose occurs.

It urges drug users not to use drugs alone, and advises people who come in contact with an overdose victim to stay with the person until help arrives.

All of the information is outlined in CODI posters, wallet sized information cards, booklets and badges.

At the launch, HSE Susan Barnes Drug Education Officer said that 'CODI has the potential to save a loved one and this is one of the personal drives for the committee members' involvement'.

Anyone who would like a CODI pack should contact Susan Barnes Drug Education Officer at County Wexford Substance Misuse Team on 053 9259825.

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