Drugs information programme
Firstly every secondary school in the country is to teach senior cycle students about the dangers of alcohol and drugs.
A new evidence-based programme called "Know The Score" is being introduced for teachers to highlight the risks associated with substance use among teenagers.
Schools and teachers have a powerful role to play in alcohol and drugs prevention. The new 'Know the Score' resource is aimed at supporting teachers to deliver a best practice approach. @HealthyIreland @Education_Ire @roinnslaintehttps://t.co/ZdHnGENjhT pic.twitter.com/ATozSplLfv
— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) November 27, 2019
The departments of Health and Education are launching a new resource for teachers of senior cycle students across the country.
It will also focus on the impact on a young person's developing brain, mental health, and what to do if they're worried about addiction.
This is an important resource. Minister Harris is correct when saying:
“It is not appropriate that schools use any materials or resources developed by organisations funded by the alcohol industry."
‘Big alcohol’ cannot be allowed to be the ‘educators’ of our children. https://t.co/4740OuM0w6
— AlcoholActionIreland (@AlcoholIreland) November 27, 2019
Cannabis use will also have a particular focus as research shows its use is increasing in recent years among young people.
It has been developed by medical experts, teachers and young people themselves.
Minister Simon Harris said:
“I am delighted to launch this excellent resource which represents an important step in our public health approach towards reducing the harms from alcohol and drugs."
"It's a good example of the partnership working to promote the health and well-being of our young people."