Drug Use and Drug-related Issues in Migrant Communities
06 July 2022
June 15th marked an important day for NCP as it marked the launch of the First Phase of an Action Research Project On “Drug Use and Drug-related Issues in Migrant Communities”. NCP is very aware of the growing challenge within our migrant communities of addressing the issue of drug use. We know the devastating impact drug use can have on individuals, families and communities alike. This research was carried out by Community Action Network (CAN) and was supported by Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign as part of its role as the national representative body for communities in the drug strategy.
The Minister of State for Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan T.D. was in attendance at the event and spoke of the importance of research such as this. Pat Tobin from CAN presented a brief summary of the report, and there were speeches from NCP’s CEO Cherif Labreche and Anna Quigley from CityWide.
The report made a number of findings on the factors which contribute to drug use in migrant communities. Notably, it highlighted the importance of access to health and social welfare services. Barriers such as lack of translation services and cultural mistrust unfortunately make it more difficult for people with a migrant background.
NCP was delighted to present this research and to contribute to the tackling drug related issues in migrant communities.