NIADA Blog - August 2020
As I sit here contemplating how to write a blog – I find myself reflecting on how we, as human beings, have this wonderful ability to change and adapt.
Here we are almost 6 months into a global pandemic doing things we would have found incomprehensible last August
– Remote working
– Social distancing
– Wearing face coverings
– Hand sanitiser – new best friend
– Queuing for everything
– Pubs closed and restaurants becoming to new go to for a night out
– No live indoor entertainment
– No sun holidays unless you are very brave or very lucky
– And the list goes on….
Weirdly this new world has acted as a kind of catalyst for NIADA. The Northern Ireland Alcohol and Drug Alliance (NIADA), for those of you who don’t know, is a membership initiative providing Voluntary and Community Sector providers of Alcohol and Drug services an independent voice. The Alliance has built excellent relationships with DOH, PHA, PSNI, QUB and more importantly, with each other.
Our purpose includes: (now for the official stuff!)
- To come together with a cohesive voice to advocate and influence policy, practice and service delivery
- Campaign for voluntary and community sector involvement in development, design and delivery of drug and alcohol services
- Take forward a ‘manifesto’ and lead on its implementation
NIADA members meet regularly – 6 weekly in fact. We also have a number of very busy subgroups covering Comms & Policy, Minimum Unit Pricing and building a business case for a Transitional Residential Facility for Young People 18-25yrs.
Andrea is NIADA’s Support Officer, who does most of the heavy lifting. So, if you are interested in hearing a little bit more or even better want to join us – give her a call on 07814 642354 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Intenational Overdose Awareness Day
International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event which is held on August 31st to help raise awareness of overdose and to help reduce stigma of substance use related deaths. Naloxone is a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Having Naloxone and being able to administer it if needed saves lives.
To find out more watch this short video from Chris at Extern about how to use Naloxone.
To find out more about the benefits of Naloxone training have a look at this short video from Preeti at DAISY/ASCERT