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School to host drug and alcohol roadshow 16 October 2008

A ROADSHOW to raise awareness of drug and alcohol-related issues in the Island is being held in Peel next week.

Queen Elizabeth II High School is hosting the event which will feature a variety of information stands, in addition to performances by visiting drama group Theatrebus. Members of the public are invited to attend during the afternoon or evening of Thursday, October 23, to see the work being undertaken as part of the Chief Minister’s Drug and Alcohol Strategy.

Several government departments and voluntary agencies will be represented at the roadshow to provide information in key areas such as treatment and support, community safety and education. Performers from Theatrebus will stage their interactive show for students during the day and again at 6pm for parents and other members of the community.

Minister for Home Affairs Adrian Earnshaw MHK said:

‘The roadshow in Peel is an opportunity for people to see the positive work that is being progressed under the umbrella of the Chief Minister’s Drug and Alcohol Strategy.’

Sue Moore, head teacher at the QEII High School, added:

‘Communication and education have an important part to play in reinforcing the message about the dangers of irresponsible drinking and the misuse of illegal substances. The school and its students are actively involved in a number of community projects and recently hosted the pilot of the 2Smart initiative which tackles real-life issues such as alcohol, drugs, smoking and bullying.’

Members of the public are invited to visit the roadshow at the QEII High School between 1pm and 6.30pm, and those wishing to watch the half-hour Theatrebus production should attend at 6pm.

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