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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Over 2,000 people have used Adeje health programmes

“…the programmes with the highest approval ratings have been those dealing with drug addiction prevention and treatment.”

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According to the numbers released by the Adeje department of health, under the guidance of councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, over two thousand individuals have taken advantage of programmes, activities, workshops and courses being run by the department on health and quality of life.

The programmes with the highest approval ratings have been those dealing with drug addiction prevention and treatment run in the borough’s secondary schools, IES El Galeón and IES Adeje with almost 700 people taking part, including students, teachers and family members. The main objective is the prevention of drug use and promotion in schools and home, leading to an overall drop in the number of users.

Another programme in this area is the NOVA SUR project, directed at families with young adults of 14-22 years of age, which has helped 12 families with therapeutic intervention.

The department also hosted 35 workshops on sex education, avoiding unwanted pregnancies, safe sex practises, etc. Nearly 900 people took part from secondary schools and participants also looked at the issue of gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and discrimination issues. The information service regarding sexually transmitted diseases, which also offers a fast confidential testing service, dealt with 68 people so far this year.

The Pink Room/Sala Rosa, in the School of Security and Coexistence, a space for cancer patients and survivors and their families, continues to host talks and workshops with up to 70 people taking part in events so far. The department also offers professional care for those suffering eating disorders in collaboration with the ALABENTE association.
Other workshops that took place in the first six months of the year included themes of self esteem, personal growth, healthy lifestyle habits, and individual development. The department of health also is a partner in the Cabildo programme attending to those with dementias, including Alzheimer sufferers.