Drug plan will help those at risk of addiction

New drugs action plan approved by the council

The Adeje department of health, under councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, have just renewed their partnership arrangement with CESICA, a Canarian foundation working in the area of drug addiction prevention and treatment. The new project will focus on prevention in drug consumption in both the school and the home environment.

The working contract is for 3 years and the main object is to reduce/eradicate the consumption of drugs among Adeje’s young people. “We have been developing drug consumption prevention plans for a number of years, such as intervention where needed, and our work in education and prevention is to avoid any increase in the numbers consuming illegal substances”, said the councillor. She added that drug consumption doesn’t simply affect the person addicted, but the whole family, the social nucleus and work or study place, etc. “So our solutions include prevention, treatment and responding quickly and effectively to the problem as it is presented”.

The project will have two educative programmes. The first is based on promoting universal prevention in school and family settings, with secondary school children from 1st – 4th year taking part in workshops and talks, prioritising the prevention of drug use and misuse among the 12 – 16 year olds. Over one thousands students will be targeted.

The second programme is designed to deal with those identified as potentially at risk or already involved in drug use, geared towards dealing with children who are presenting with the kind of problems associated with addiction or substance abuse. These talks will be aimed at the families of the young people identified as in need of special attention, educating on the dangers – social, emotional and economic – of drug use. Professionals running the course are trained to deal with young people at risk or already consuming drugs, and to carry out family interventions.

 

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Fruitful pursuits!

 

Last week Adeje council invited the winners of a healthy food art competition to the department of health to receive their prizes. The aim of the competition was to encourage healthier lifestyles among the borough’s young people.

As the local councillor for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, explained, during April of this year the council, through the public primary schools, introduced a competition under the slogan (translated) “Eat healthily, live healthily”. The main aim was to help the children assimilate information leading them to improve their eating habits and thus prevent the later development of health issues related to inadequate nutrition.

The competition was directed at children in primary schools, in particular promoting the importance of fruit and vegetables in the pursuit of a balanced diet, meaning the body gets the nutrition it needs to grow and develop. There were different categories depending on the ages of the student.

The winners were Maryam Lagder Rodríguez (CEIP Fañabe), Valentina Peroni (CEIP Armeñime) and Gabriela Rivero Siverio (CEIP Las Torres). Their parents were presented with their prizes in the offices of the department of health, where they were given vouchers for schools materials for this year.

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