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Support available through Family Fact Guide 8 September 2008

AlcopopsAS the Island’s school children prepare for the start of a new academic year, parents are being reminded that support is available to help deal with drug and alcohol-related issues.

The Family Fact Guide produced by the Isle of Man Government has recently been updated and aims to promote a greater understanding of the risks and effects of drug and alcohol misuse. It provides detailed information about a range of different substances and highlights ways of keeping lines of communication open to prevent problems from developing.

Support agencies are also listed for young people and parents who require additional assistance, guidance or health advice. The booklet, which was compiled under the umbrella of the Chief Minister’s Drug and Alcohol Strategy, is available free of charge from the Department of Education at St George’s Court, Upper Church Street, Douglas. Alternatively, people can call 693837 for further information.

Margaret O’Reilly, director of drug and alcohol policy and research, said: ‘The onset of the new school year is a good time to remind parents and others about the availability of the Family Fact Guide. It has proved to be a very useful source of information and since its publication we have received a lot of positive feedback from members of the community. People say they have found the guide to be extremely comprehensive and helpful, with some useful tips on how best to communicate with young people. ‘Information can be the most effective tool when you want your children to be aware of the potential dangers associated with issues such as drug-taking or binge drinking.

Margaret O'Reilly, Drug and Alcohol Strategy co-ordinatorMrs O’Reilly added: ‘Some of our forthcoming events should also prove beneficial to those who are concerned about illegal substances and alcohol use among young people.’

Roadshows have been planned at venues in the north and west of the Island, while drug and alcohol information events will take place later in the year. The next information evening for parents, carers and other interested members of the public is being held in Peel under the joint auspices of the Police, Department of Education and Care For The Family. Further details are available from Carolyn on 491043 or Orla on 693837.

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