Smarter thinking required to tackle Limerick drug abuse

first_img Previous articleBackers make the case for €190 million Gortadroma dealNext articleLimerick woman serves the memory of Irish World War casualties in London poppy display Alan Jacques Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSAlan JacquesAna Liffey Drug projectdrug abuselimerickTony Duffin Linkedin by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE director of the Limerick-based Ana Liffey project for those experiencing problems with substance abuse says that smarter thinking is needed in deciding how taxpayer funds are used to tackle drug abuse.Tony Duffin told The Limerick Post that a vast amount of resources are funnelled towards supply control interventions, despite scant evidence for their long term effectiveness in limiting access to, or use of, drugs.He believes a more sensible approach would be to structure interventions to limit harm.“The truth is that simply increasing law enforcement interventions has increasingly limited returns, and can have hidden harms to communities, such as increased levels of violence as people engage in ancillary criminal behaviour to recover losses from cash and drugs seized during crackdowns,” Mr Duffin explained.From his experience working in the area, he is convinced there is a need for both ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ approaches.Using Limerick City as an example, he said: “There are a few broad things we can say about drug use in Limerick City. First, Limerick City has a population of injecting drug users. Second, there is likely to be heroin use – though we know people inject other drugs too. Third, the people that engage in street drug use in Limerick City, as elsewhere, can have complex and multiple needs beyond using a single substance – homelessness, poly-drug use, trauma and comorbid mental illness are all things people present with regularly.”Mr Duffin said these local issues are important because they inform responses at a policy level. The fact that there is injecting drug use points to the need for comprehensive needle and syringe programmes to limit the spread of HIV, Hepatitis and other health issues associated with sharing injecting equipment.“It also tells us that staff of addiction services need to be well versed in opiate use, and that opioid antagonists like Naloxone would be of significant use among the drug using population in Limerick City if we wish to reduce the number of fatal overdoses.“The fact that people have complex and multiple needs tells us that there is likely a gap in residential treatment provision, since groups with complex and multiple needs typically have difficulty accessing current residential treatment services. It tells us that we need to be set up to cater to this group of people,” he said. WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsSmarter thinking required to tackle Limerick drug abuseBy Alan Jacques – November 13, 2014 768 center_img Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Printlast_img read more

Gusau’s Election as AFN President Upheld

first_imgThe Committee made no reference to the basketball federation election that took place in Kano on June 12.Winner of the NBBF election which held on June 13 in Abuja, Musa Kida and his board members, are to be sworn into office today along with others duly elected and cleared by the committee.Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Sports, Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, confirmed yesterday that the delay in releasing the decision of the Arbitration and Harmonization Committee was due to the volume of work the committee was saddled with after the acrimonious elections in Abuja.In some major decisions taken yesterday the Committee set up by the Federal Ministry upheld elections in the AFN and the weightlifting federation.It ruled that Gusau was duly elected representative of the North-west zone on the AFN board and so his election as president of the federation was in order.Patrick Estate Onyedum’s election as South-east representative on the AFN board was also upheld.The petition of his challenger, Christy Opara Asonze, was dismissed because she had served a five-year ban for dope use by WADA and was not eligible to contest as stipulated in the guidelines.Chief Solomon Ogba was returned also as Sponsor/ Ex-officio of AFN as approved by the federation while the case of Hameed Adio was dismissed for lack of merit.Rosa Collins and Brown Ebewele were earlier reinstated as representatives of NAWIS and Technical representatives.The case of Haruna Bako and that of Charles Yayock of the North-west Zone were both dismissed for lack of merit.In Traditional Sports, the election of Mallam Usman Musa as the duly elected President was upheld and not Mohammed Garba Lere.The Committee was furnished with fresh pictorial evidence and interviews with those at the election venue proving that Musa Usman won the election and he was so declared winner.The federation is however mandated to appoint an international representative as the committee affirmed the reversal of Mohammed Abdullahi who is the current President of Archery.In Weightlifting, the election of Hon Yahaya Mohammed as President was upheld as well as that of the Vice President Emeka Daniel Nwankwo.The Presidential election in Judo was upheld. The committee ruled that bye election in the South-west should take place.Petition by Alhaji Mohammed Sule of the Cycling Federation was dismissed as he failed to pay Appeals processing fees within 48 hours of making his appeal.There will also be no fresh elections in Taekwondo as Ex-officio and philanthropist representative George Ashiru was reinstated as a board member.In Table Tennis, Kayode Ayodele was also reinstated as Athletes’ representative.However, the Harmonization Committee ordered fresh elections to be held in Gymnastics as the Electoral Committee members petitioned that the conduct of the previous elections were held under duress. New electoral committee members will be appointed for the election.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Inauguration of new boards hold today in AbujaDuro IkhazuagbeThe Arbitration and Harmonisation Committee set up by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) on the petitions that trailed elections into the 31 national federation board thursday upheld the election of Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau as the duly elected president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).The inauguration of the Gusau led AFN board along with the other 30 federationswill take place today at the National Stadium in Abuja at 2pm.last_img read more