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Traveller Specific Drugs Initiative

Quality level: 1

Summary

The overall aim of the initiative is the promotion of Traveller inclusion into the national, regional and local response being developed to address drug use and to support Traveller organisations in tackling the issue of drug use within the Traveller community

Type of intervention:
prevention
Sub-area:
selective
Setting:
community
Type of approach:
ethnic, community involvement
Target group:
general population, family/parents, adults, children/young people
Age group:
4-18
Annual coverage:
Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
process evaluation
Country:
Ireland
Start date:
01/11/2000
End date:

Overall objective

The promotion of Traveller inclusion into the national, regional and local response being developed to address drug use and to support Traveller organisations in tackling the issue of drug use within the Traveller community.

Abstract

Pavee Point, an organisation responsible for promoting the human rights of the Travelling community in Ireland, developed the Traveller Specific Drugs Initiative in 2000. The initiative emerged following reports from within the Travelling community that drug use was becoming a growing problem for the community to deal with. The experience of social exclusion from many aspects of mainstream life meant that little was known about drug use within the Travelling community. Subsequent research by Hurley (1999) found that there was a growing drug problem within the Traveller community and that owing to ongoing discrimination of Travellers it was easier to access cannabis and other illegal drugs than to gain access to public houses to purchase alcohol legally. The research identified four groups of young Traveller men that were particularly at risk of use/misuse of drugs. These included: young settled Travellers from disadvantaged areas; young men from families with alcohol and drug problems; young Traveller men having spent time in institutional life e.g. in care or prison and homeless young Traveller men. In addition, the research young Traveller women on prescription drugs and young women with familial alcohol and drug problems as being equally at risk. The overall aim of the initiative is the promotion of Traveller inclusion into the national, regional and local response being developed to address drug use and to support Traveller organisations in tackling the issue of drug use within the Traveller community. Pavee Point through the Traveller Specific Drugs Initiative organised eight full days training during the period from October 2004 to February 2005 for representatives from traveller organisations around the issue of drug misuse in the travelling community. This was evaluated by McCarthy (2005) The uptake of training and the sustainability of the group were viewed as important indicators of how the participants perceived the training.

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