North-East Lincolnshire’s drug and alcohol service has been out and about to give students advice and information to keep them safe.
Staff from Foundations Drug and Alcohol Service took part in Freshers’ Week events at the Grimsby Institute and Franklin College to raise awareness of their service and offer advice and information to new starters.
Foundations Recovery Worker Sirah King said: “Our stall was busy with young people at both of these events, and it was a great way to get them thinking about the risks associated with drinking and drug taking.
“We took our ‘drug box’ with us, which is a display case containing replicas of the types of substances that young people might come into contact with, so they know if they’re offered them what effects they may have and the potential harm they could cause.”
Students were offered leaflets and information, including scratch cards to identify if their alcohol intake was at high risk levels, there were also free bottle stoppers for them to take away to avoid their drinks being spiked.
Leanne Gilbert, also a Foundations Recovery Worker said: “We know there are young people who regularly use cannabis and other illicit substances, as well as drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, so we’re able to offer them harm reduction advice, as well as information on how to contact us to get help of they need help if their use has become a problem.”
She added: “Young people can refer themselves to our dedicated Under-19 Service, and we’ll work with them to deliver the goals they want to achieve.
“They don’t need to come to us for their appointments, we will come to them, which means we’ll come to their home, school college – wherever they feel is best for them.
“Anyone young person who’d like a confidential chat about drug or alcohol issues can ring us on (01472) 571200, or text us on 0790387096.”
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