Helping families and communities affected by substance abuse

Kilkenny County Drugs Committee (KCDC) is a network of service providers, volunteer groups, and community representatives dedicated to tackling the drugs issue across Co. Kilkenny for a number of years. Drugs are a huge issue for the whole of society and only through collective action can we hope to reduce the harm caused by drugs to our communities. This is the philosophy that KCDC works from and in recent times the group has delivered a number of local drug prevention initiatives as well as working at a regional level to keep Kilkenny on the national agenda in the fight against drugs.

Kilkenny County Drugs Committee (KCDC) is a network of service providers, volunteer groups, and community representatives dedicated to tackling the drugs issue across Co. Kilkenny for a number of years. Drugs are a huge issue for the whole of society and only through collective action can we hope to reduce the harm caused by drugs to our communities. This is the philosophy that KCDC works from and in recent times the group has delivered a number of local drug prevention initiatives as well as working at a regional level to keep Kilkenny on the national agenda in the fight against drugs.

The group is chaired by David Conway, a volunteer with years of experience in drug prevention in his own local community in Mooncoin. “The work of KCDC is to implement, at a local level, the National Drugs Strategy to try and better the conditions of people, families and communities affected by substance misuse. Our purpose is to raise awareness of drug prevention and services in the county delivered by both the state and voluntary sector. With these groups and community representatives working as one to address the problems of drug addiction and it’s consequences we can make a real difference and it is an honour to chair this body”

Next month Kilkenny County Drugs Committee is organising a number of events throughout Kilkenny Drug Awareness week October 1st to 8th. Throughout the week there will be a schools debate between Loreto and St Brigids secondary school students, launch of the KCDC facebook page, information activities in Callan, Castlecomer and Mooncoin. The week will close with a commemoration event for those who have lost loved ones or are in the process of recovery from substance misuse. Keep an eye out for further details over the coming weeks.

KCDC is also about information sharing and feedback from the community to service providers and a vital role it plays is ensuring that those looking for help around substance misuse are at the centre of the efforts of the committee. A good example of this can be seen in the creation of the “Ardu Walk in Evening Access Service”. KCDC saw the need for a drop-in service open to everyone where those looking for help for substance misuse could meet with addiction counsellors, drugs workers and family support. In response the service providers and family support group got together and for over a year this facility has been in operation once a week helping 316 people in this time. “These days we meet so many message minders and waiting lists it can be infuriating especially when you are in need of assistance. Thanks to the Ardú Evening Access service anyone in Kilkenny who wants to see any of the drug services has only one week’s wait at the most. Just turn up on Monday evening and you will be seen. It’s as simple as that.” Mel Bay Kilkenny City Drugs Initiative. The Ardu Walk in Evening Access Service is open to the public 5.00pm-6.30pm in the HSE offices, Kickham Street. Call 0567784638 for further information.

For the future KCDC hopes to build on the work done to date and will increase its capacity in drug prevention, treatment and support for Co. Kilkenny. Kilkenny County Drugs Committee is a sub group of the South East regional Drugs Task Force.