September 2023

Family Addiction Support Network in Dundalk to host awareness event – 24th Feb

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On the back of the National Drugs’ Strategy ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery; a health led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025’ and to the mark the International Family Drug Support Day on February 24, the Family Addiction Support Network in Dundalk is organising its second annual information/awareness event at their premises on Monday.

“The stigma of addiction affects many individuals and families but it doesn’t have to be this way.  Drugs are a cancer and nobody needs to hold their head in shame when asking for help. It begins with sharing our stories, better public education and a broader sense of acceptance of addiction as a treatable disease similar to diabetes, heart disease, etc.”

The event will take place at Lios Dubh, Dundalk (A91 T668) on Monday February 24.

9.30am-10am: Registration, Tea & Scones
10am: Welcome – Chairperson Marian Sloan
10.10am: Speaker – Bishop Michael Router, Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh
10.20am: Speaker (to be confirmed)
10.30am: – Jackie McKenna, FASN Project Coordinator, Overview of Stigma

10.40am: Vice Chair Mark Dearey: The Importance of Family Support
Interviewees: FS Specialist Gwen McKenna, Facilitator Mary McEntegert, Family Member Naomi
Dundalk FM interviewer: Pat Byrne interviews panel with questions

11.15am: Drama by Uncut Diamonds – “Under Pressure” a Drug Related Intimidation Drama
11.45am: Q&A Panel Discussion
12.30: Lunch

Please confirm your attendance by contacting Ann 042 9355251 or email as spaces are limited.