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North Inner City Drugs Task Force

January News 2011

ICON seminar/discussion forum

The North Inner City area has a long tradition of fighting back against government policies and has a strong grassroots activism. The current economic and social crisis has had a major impact on the community and there is a need to bring people together to re-energise; reflect on what has happened and ask people if they want to be part of a local action and what form should that action take.

Thursday 27th January 2011

4pm -7pm

Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street

Followed by a social evening and light refreshments

To register please contact ICON at 8366890 or

Places are limited so please book as soon as possible.

Pavee Point Drugs Programme

Invitation to 1st Traveller Drugs Network of 2011

The first Traveller Drug Network of 2011 will start the New Year by addressing two key issues impacting substance misuse within the Traveller community. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the areas of early school leaving and levels of intimidation following presentations by experts in these fields.

Early confirmation of attendance is advisable.

Morning Session
Key note speaker     Trutz Haase Social & Economic Consultant

Presenting the recently launched NACD research entitled:
’Risk & Protective factors for substance use among young people - a comparative study of early school leavers and school attending

Afternoon Session
Key note speakers   Sadie Grace & Megan O’Leary Co-ordinator and Development Worker

Family members affiliated to the Family Support Network(FSN) have for years been affected by intimidation by drug dealers as a result of drug related debt.
The FSN will present the findings of their research, give information on the pilot reporting scheme and discuss with attendees the issue of intimidation.

Date: Tuesday, 25th January 2011
Time: 11a.m. to 4p.m.
Venue: Pavee Point Travellers Centre.

Additional Info:

Launch of Public Poisons Information Line

On 10th January 2011, the National Poisons Information Centre launched a new telephone service to advise the public in general, and parents in particular, on how to respond to accidents involving poisons.

The NPIC has provided a specialist information service to doctors and healthcare professionals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. But in recent years there has been a growing demand from members of the public for advice too. Today calls from members of the public account for about a quarter of the 10,000 enquiries received each year.

In response to this growing demand, from January 10th 2011 the NPIC is introducing a public service operating between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

The Public Poisons Information Line number is (01) 809 2166. Outside these hours callers will still be advised to contact their GP, GP co-op or local hospital, as they would at present. Doctors and healthcare professionals should continue to use the existing numbers 24 hours a day.

The new public service is being provided from within the NPICs existing resources. It is initially being run as a pilot to gauge potential demand for a full 24 hour service and what additional resources that might require. Using US data as a rough guide, the Centre anticipates that provision of a 24 hour public service could treble the volume of calls it receives each year.