Helping children & young people in Kerry
who are impacted by drug and alcohol abuse

Are you experiencing problems with drugs or alcohol misuse?

The misuse of alcohol and drugs impacts on the health and quality of life of children, young people, families and communities. It can make life difficult at home and result in anti-social behaviour in the community. Alcohol and drug misuse is clearly linked to liver damage, cancer, heart disease, digestive and psychiatric disorders, reproductive problems as well as drug and alcohol dependency.

If you are experiencing problems with alcohol or drug misuse there are many services available to help. Alcohol and drug counselling and treatment services are available for young people and adults in county Kerry. Interactive support is also available via www.drugs.ie just click the link which will allow you to contact a real person, not voicemail or a computer, who will answer your questions. A drugs.ie staff member is available from 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday and the service is free. This is a secure service; your identity is not made known to the staff member. The national Drugs Helpline also provides support on 1800 459 459.

Community Alcohol Services and Community Drug Services are run by many Health Boards and are generally free. HSE Community Counselling & Advisory Service, Edward St, Tralee (066) 7184968 can provide information and support on substance misuse and addiction. Many community services provide support and information for families to maintain their dignity and sanity when a family member is abusing drugs or alcohol. Alternatively you can contact any of the services listed on ?Useful Contacts? listed on this page.
The Drugs & Alcohol has published the THINK About Alcohol Booklet to provide information to young people and their parents on alcohol and issues relating to alcohol use in order to help them to discuss alcohol openly and honestly. 




Who We Are
The Drugs & Alcohol Working Group members include representatives from An Garda Síochána, HSE, Southern Regional Drugs Task Force, Kerry Diocesan Youth Service, Jigsaw and Kerry Life Education.


What We Will Do
By working effectively together the Kerry Children?s Services Committee Drugs & Alcohol Working group hope to:
  • Reduce children & young people′s misuse of alcohol & drugs.
  • Provide a community/environment which ensures that children & young people living in the Kerry area can grow mature, safe from the dangers associated with drug & alcohol abuse.
  • Ensure that children & young persons living in the Kerry area are aware of the dangers associated with drug & alcohol abuse.
  • Ensure that Children and young persons are provided with and aware of the facilities available to them regarding rehabilitation from drug and alcohol abuse.
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