PCSP workshops delivers message on prescription drug misuse

Men's Shed, Ballykelly members prepare to take part in a workshop looking at the dangers associated with prescription drug misuse, delivered by Limavady PCSP.(1612Sj12)
Men's Shed, Ballykelly members prepare to take part in a workshop looking at the dangers associated with prescription drug misuse, delivered by Limavady PCSP.(1612Sj12)

Limavady Policing and Community Safety Partnership are facilitating a number of workshops which aims to reduce the level of prescription drug misuse among the elderly and vulnerable in the run up to Christmas.

The campaign, called ‘A Pill for Every Ill’ works in partnership with local pharmacies, health centres and community groups to raise awareness around the issue and offer signposting to those affected.

Limavady PCSP chair Michael Coyle said: “The project aims to further raise awareness of the dangers associated with the abuse of prescription medication and offer signposting, advice and support locally.

“We feel by engaging with local communities, pharmacies and in GP waiting areas, we are getting the message across.”

Two workshops have been delivered by a Limavady based community pharmacist, one to the Roe Valley Leisure Centre and one to the Men’s Shed in Ballykelly. A further workshop will be facilitated by a community group in Limavady before the New Year.

The campaign goes under the strapline ‘PILL, PILL, PILL… ARE YOU ADDICTED’ and offers the following advice to those who use prescription drugs –

· Do not share medicine as it may affect someone else in a different way

· Do not order medicine if you do not need it

· If you have unwanted medicine, or medicine you no longer need, return it to your pharmacist

· Ask your pharmacist first – they can write a prescription for some common ailments

· If you are unsure about any medicine, side effects or need help, JUST ASK. Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will be happy to answer any queries.

A number of helplines are also been used in project materials for further help and advice around the issue of prescription drug abuse. They include HURT on Tel: 02871369696; Divert Project on Tel: 02871269327; the WHSCT Addiction Treat Unit on Tel: 02871865230 and DAISY Opportunity Youth on Tel: 02871865195.