School kids attend Derry drugs awareness event

Declan McLaughlin, DIVERT, Thomas Conway, Derry District Policing Board Chairperson and Michael Graham PSNI Constable, with pupils from local post primary schools who attended a DPP youth engagement event to raise awareness on the harmful effects of drug misuse.
Declan McLaughlin, DIVERT, Thomas Conway, Derry District Policing Board Chairperson and Michael Graham PSNI Constable, with pupils from local post primary schools who attended a DPP youth engagement event to raise awareness on the harmful effects of drug misuse.

More than 100 school kids in Derry have attended a special drugs awareness event.

Organised by Derry’s District Policing Partnership and involving the PSNI and drugs charity Divert, the event was held on Tuesday in St Columb ‘ s College - one of nine post primary schools involved in the project.

Speaking after the event Cllr Thomas Conway, Derry DPP Chairperson said, “This engagement event with our young people was a really positive exercise and I would commend all those pupils who attended.

“From the feedback received during the session it is obvious that our young people appreciate the information provided on the dangers associated with drug misuse and will now be in a position to make informed decisions. The will also be aware of the support groups available to deal with this issue”.

At the event Year 13 & 14 pupils heard presentations from PSNI and DIVERT of the harmful effects of drug misuse on the person, family and community. Pupils were then able to question the PSNI Area Commander, DPP members and representatives from Divert on the issue.

Declan Mc Laughlin from DIVERT added: “We need to provide relevant information to our young people in order that they are aware of the dangers and make the right choices.

“Young adults frequently feel invincible but the misuse of drugs can often result in death and devastation for family and friends”.