Northern Ireland's Strategic Plan Tackles Teens' Drugs Misuse
Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey today helped launch the Inter-Church Addiction Project’s (ICAP) strategic plan for providing targeted substance misuse treatment for young people within Northern Ireland.
Speaking at the launch in Belfast, Mr McGimpsey said: “Preventing, reducing and addressing the harm related to alcohol and drug misuse is a key priority for me and my Department. Substance misuse does not just affect the individual directly involved, it also has a real and lasting impact on the lives of their families, friends, and communities.
“There can be no doubt that young people are far more vulnerable to the harm from their own, or from other people’s substance misuse. Therefore, it is essential that we provide a range of information, education, treatment and support services that meet the needs of our young people in Northern Ireland.”
The Minister continued: “Through my Department’s New Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs (NSD), and the Public Health Agency, action is underway to provide a range of essential services across Northern Ireland. Those activities in respect of education, prevention, treatment and enforcement will continue. In fact, there will be a slight increase in the funding available through the NSD in 2009/2010.
However, I am not complacent. We must consider what more can be done on this issue. I am therefore delighted to be here today to support the launch of ICAP’s first Strategic Plan and I look forward to seeing the outcome of this important work.”