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Dublin Support Group To Help People On Drugs At Electric Picnic


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Volunteers with a Dublin addiction service say they'll be on hand again at this year's Electric Picnic.

The Ana Liffey Drug Project says no one should be afraid to seek medical help if they've taken substances.

Last year it helped over seventy people who were experiencing the negative effects of drugs and this year it will increase the number of volunteers.

The group says it doesn't promote substance abuse but says there's no such thing as a drug free festival, and it will be there to give safety advice and help people cope with the aftermath.

However the service has been criticised by one Fianna Fail TD who claims this will only enable young people to do drugs and sniffer dogs should be used as a deterrent.

Ana Liffey's Dawn Russell says the 'Just Say No' approach simply doesn't work

Especially for younger people who are at an experimental and developmental stage. No parents want to think of people telling their children how to take drugs safely; they want to think of people telling them not to take them. And we will do that. However we have to be mature and responsible as an organisation and a country. While we'll always tell people it's safer not to take drugs at all, we have to empower our young people... we want them to come home safely. That's our goal."

The group says their service is confidential and is urging people who are worried after taking drugs to make contact with them saying no one should avoid seeking help because they're afraid of being arrested.

 


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