Two Bray drugs ini­tia­tives land ¤150,000 funds

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BRAY PROJECTS to ad­dress the use of co­caine in Bray and sup­port the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of peo­ple with drug ad­dic­tion prob­lems have been al­lo­cated fund­ing of ¤150,000 it has been an­nounced.

Min­is­ter of State John Cur­ran, TD, who has re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Na­tional Drugs Strat­egy an­nounced the fund­ing last week.

A grant of ¤75,000 has been awarded to Bray Part­ner­ship. The grant, which has been wel­comed whole­heart­edly by Deputy Joe Be­han, will be used to em­ploy an in­te­gra­tion sup­port worker to sup­port in­di­vid­u­als who are post res­i­den­tial treat­ment and post detox­i­fi­ca­tion.

It will also sup­port those who are cur­rently in main­stream ed­u­ca­tion and who re­quire ad­di­tional sup­port due to prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with their drug use and those leav­ing prison.

‘I also wel­come the al­lo­ca­tion of ¤74,500 to the Bray Com­mu­nity Ad­dic­tion Team,’ said Deputy Be­han. ‘This grant will be used to pro­vide a needs based out of hours ser­vice fo­cussed on pri­mary co­caine users and their fam­i­lies to in­clude com­pli­men­tary ther­a­pies.’

The TD said that he hopes that the ad­di­tional funds will go some way to as­sist those who ‘suf­fer the on­go­ing per­sonal toll aris­ing from drug ad­dic­tion. I pay trib­ute to all those in­volved in pro­vid­ing sup­port and treat­ment for them.’

Si­mon Tobin, So­phie Martin, An­n­marie Greene and Chris Walsh at the St. Bren­dan’s Col­lege Bray Debs Ball. SEE PIC­TURE SPE­CIAL PAGES 22 AND 23.

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