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North Inner City Drugs Task Force

March 2010 News

The Snug Counselling Service:

One Day Anger Management Skills Training Programme:

The Snug Counselling Service are running an Anger Management Training course for men in addiction, living or working within the North West Inner City Drugs Task Force Area.
This training comprises of a One Day Workshop which will take place on
Saturday 24th April 2010
The time will be from 10.30am to 4.30pm and there will be lunch included.
Venue:  Jurys Inn Parnell Street, Dublin 1
The course will cover the following topics:
  •  Anger Management Overview
  •  Hidden Anger Checklist
  •  Rules for Direct Verbal Expression of Anger
  •  Case Studies
  • Anger Trigger Events
  • Anger Coping Responses
  • Working on Anticipatory Anger
  •  Positive Ways to Deal with Anger
  • Conflict Resolution and Personal Reflection
  • Dynamics of Anger and Anger Management
  • Anger Management Interventions
There will be 2 follow on group sessions after the one day workshop, they will take place on:
Thursday 6th of May 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Thursday 13th of May 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Erika Comerford on 878 6231 or 087 273 5358

BeLong To have launched a new website on March 15th 2010:

BeLonG To Drugs & Alcohol Section Website:
Drugs Service
This service exists to address concerns people may have about drug/alcohol use and offers people the opportunity to access support in dedicated LGBT youth space.
It is free of cost and confidential. 
The Drugs Service can be contacted on or 01-6706223
What does the Service do? 
  • Supports young LGBT people in relation to issues of alcohol and drug use non-judgmental     and confidential 
  • Outreach work to young LGBT drug users to make people aware that the service is there and where to find it 
  • Education, information and prevention work with the young LGBT community to raise awareness on issues of drug and alcohol use within the community 
  • Information and training on LGBT issues for mainstream drugs services to support services in making their space safe for LGBT service users 
  • Referral of young LGBT people to specialized agencies and services to allow young LGBT people to access safe and positive support 
The BeLonG To Drugs Service is unique and is the first to respond to issues of drug use amongst LGBT young people in Ireland.
What’s new on website?
Ø      Mental Health & Drugs section
Ø      A-Z of Drugs
Ø      Addictions
Ø      Drugs and the Law
BeLonG To Professional Section

Training for Drugs Services

BeLonG To provides specialist training to Drugs Services in meeting the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender service users.
BeLonG To Drugs Service training package is designed to meet the ever growing needs of professionals within the drugs sector, managers, key workers, counsellors & clients can all benefit from participating and engaging in BeLonG To Drugs Service Training. The training also provides the opportunity to look at basic values concerning the groups of people trainers work with and to consider the various aspects of professional ethics. BeLonG To Drugs Training can be tailored to meet the individual needs of each group, within the context of LGBT Drug use/issues. 
What type of training is it?
  •  LGBT issues for mainstream drugs services,
  •  LGBT equality awareness
  •  Dissemination BeLonG To LGBT Drugs Research (2006), LGBT LIVES Report (2009)
  •  Lecture’s (On-the-job training)
  •  Interactive training (group tasks)
  •  Audiovisual Techniques (PowerPoint, short films, photo’s)
  •  Training Simulations (role-play)
What are the learning outcomes?
The most important learning outcome of BeLonG To Drugs Training is that the participants will leave the training with heightened awareness of LGBT drug patterns/issues, further to that it is hoped that by engaging within our training you will gain skills in the area:
  •  Working with LGBT clients
  •  Engaging LGBT clients
  •  Making your service LGBT friendly
BeLonG To Drugs training design is constructed, the training goals, objectives, content, methods, and aids are reviewed and refined into a logical, cohesive, and interrelated manner, we are continuously reviewing & evaluating our training design package.

Dublin Aids Alliance:

One Day Sexual Health Workshop

 Date: Tuesday 20th April 2010
(10am to 4pm)
Venue: Dublin AIDS Alliance, 53 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1
The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with basic up-to-date information on sexual health, HIV, Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and is beneficial to people working in the voluntary, youth and community sector who may deal with sexual health issues in the workplace.
Cost: €50 per person (booking form attached)
Places are limited
Further information on all our training (and booking forms) is available at
or email
Please forward this information to all interested colleagues.


North West Inner City Network:(NWICN)

North West Inner City Network are holding an information coffee morning entitled "know your rights" please select here to view the details.


  Head Shop News:

The Irish Times - Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Head shops face ban on sale of some substances

THE CABINET decided yesterday to ban a range of substances sold in head shops. The ban will come into effect in June as a three-month notice period is legally required to implement it.
In a statement last night, the Government said that it had taken the decision due to public concern at the sale of so-called “legal highs” in head shops.
“The Government is very concerned about the real damage to people’s mental and physical health by the consumption of substances sold in head shops,” the statement read.
The move comes amid growing anger and protests from parents and anti-drugs groups about the growing number of head shops operating across the State.
Last month, Dr Bobby Smyth, consultant psychiatrist at the Health Service Executive Youth Drug and Alcohol service in Tallaght, said there was a “marked and definite” increase in the numbers of young people presenting with problems at his clinic after using head shop products.
Gardaí are also investigating two suspected arson attacks on head shops in Dublin city centre in recent weeks, which Garda sources believe my have been targeted by drug dealers angered at losing business.
The Government said the ban will apply to a range of herbal and synthetic substances. These include Spice, which is marketed as “potpourri” but smoked by users, and BZP derivatives, which mimic the effects of ecstasy.
Other products facing a ban include the would-be amphetamines mephedrone and methylone, as well as tapentodal, a painkiller type drug, and a number of psychotropic substances.
The sale and possession of these substances will now be made illegal and subject to criminal sanctions under the Misuse of Drugs Act. The legislation will come into effect in June after the three-month notice period required under the European technical standards directive.
Magic mushrooms were banned four years ago and their possession or sale is now illegal. In March of last year BZP was similarly subjected to controls and criminal sanctions.
“Banning substances is an important and necessary step. However, it is just one of a range of interventions needed to tackle substance abuse,” the statement said.
The Minister in charge of the National Drugs Strategy, John Curran, is currently considering the options available to more effectively control the activities of head shops in consultation with the Department of Health and An Garda Síochána.
Youth Work Ireland last night said the decision was welcome but long overdue. The organisation warned that there were a number of other similar products not covered by the new measures.
“There are many more substances which have had question marks raised about them. It is several years since these issues came to public attention yet it seems to take a long time to take action.
“Furthermore the regulations will not take effect until June. This seems perplexing,” said Michael McLoughlin of Youth Work Ireland