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Adolescent addiction service. (2021) Adolescent addiction service report 2021. Dublin: Health Service Executive.

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In 2020 the Adolescent Addiction Service worked with 40 young people and their families with a mean age of 15.4 years (range 14-19 years). In comparison to 2019 referrals were down by 18%. However, the fall off in numbers has to be viewed in circumstances of Covid-19 pandemic with schools and other mainstream services closed for extended periods and with young people/families required to restrict their movements. As such key referrers were not having face to face contact with young people and were not in a position to identify issues and trends in the lives of young people. Additionally, a new referral source and resource to young people within Clondalkin and Lucan areas has been created with the establishment of a Tier 2 service operated by Cross Care in collaboration with Clondalkin/Lucan Drug & Alcohol Task Force and HSE Addiction services. This service is called Youth Drug and Alcohol Programme (YDAP) and is among a suite of services operated by Cross Care within community. The YDAP offers young people age 12-24 support around substance misuse and related issues to help them make more informed decisions and positive life choices. Similar to work in other communities the service will hopefully identify risk groups at an early stage and support young people to realize their aspirations and inhibit progression in relation to substance use....

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