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The Forum for Longford. (2003) "Working together we will make a difference": first report, action for youth: Longford Against Drugs- an action plan to combat substance abuse in Longford. Longford: The Forum for Longford.

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The Forum for Longford was started in 1997 to provide a co-ordinated inter-agency approach to identify and help tackle social problems in Longford. A survey was carried out with 1,331 post-primary students to ascertain attitudes and behaviours towards alcohol, smoking and drug use. Of the pupils interviewed, 64% had taken an alcoholic drink at age 15 or younger; of these 73% had their first drink between the ages of 12 to 15. Of those that had experience of alcohol, 51% drank several times a week or daily. For smoking, 67% had smoked a cigarette; of these 8% smoked 5 or more daily. Of those that smoked, 47% began between the ages of 11 to 14. With regard to illegal drugs 27% had used cannabis, 20% had used inhalants, 10% hallucinogens, 9% amphetamines and 7.4% had used ecstasy. Following on form these findings, the report makes several recommendations, including the formation of a community task force, Garda/ neighbourhood watch response, schools prevention and information. Also among these key areas are the role of parents, the needs of young people and facilities for young people.


Date:2003
Call No:ML2, VH4.2, Longford.
Pages:54 [4]
Publisher:The Forum for Longford
Corporate Creators:The Forum for Longford
Place of Publication:Longford
Keywords:adolescent AOD use test, alcohol and tobacco, Drugs, Ireland, local survey, Longford
Notes:Includes bar and pie charts for survery results.
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Accession Number:HRB 1708 (Available)
Subjects:T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Basic prevention categories > Universal prevention
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Longford

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