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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.


Item Type
Report
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.
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 1708 (Available)

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