Families and MLA to meet Health Minister over detox

Maeve McLaughlin MLA. (0404MM10)
Maeve McLaughlin MLA. (0404MM10)

A delegation from the North West Addiction Taskforce will today meet with Health Minister Jim Well over detox provision in the region.

Sinn Fein Foyle MLA and Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee Maeve McLaughlin will lead the group along with families affected by the issue.

The need for crisis intervention services for under-18s, how data is currently gathered and the detoxification unit at White Oaks just over the border are all expected to be discussed.

The taskforce represents over 20 local voluntary, statutory and community organisations.

Ms McLaughlin said: “Whilst there are many good services at community intervention level in Derry gaps exist. In the interest of all of our children and young people it is vital that we plug these gaps and target the need that exists.

“I am calling on the Minister to ensure that the gaps are plugged and that no family is left in crisis without the intervention required.

“It is nothing short of a disgrace that we have a facility on our doorstep in White Oaks that is not functioning.

“This needs to be changed and the Health Minister has the power to bring this into operation.”