Roscrea Community Development Council (RCDC) supported by Roscrea Active Citizenship Association (RACA) will hold a public meeting in the town’s Abbey Hall, on Tuesday July 6th at 8.p.m. on the issue of Drugs in Roscrea and the devastation they are causing.
RCDC is appealing for a community response so that the lives of the youths of Roscrea can be protected. Therefore young people, parents, teachers, clergy and the town’s organizations representatives are asked to attend the July 6th meeting, but of course everyone is welcome and all are encouraged to attend.
It was agreed at recent meetings of RCDC and RACA to hold this meeting and to invite agency representatives with expertise in the area to attend. It was highlighted at previous meetings that Roscrea has a very serious drug problem and it is felt that this may come as a surprise to very many in Roscrea. It was also revealed that those in need of methadone cannot obtain same in Roscrea but must travel to other towns. It also came to light that support facilities on the ground in Roscrea were grossly inadequate and negligible compared to those available in other areas.
RCDC Chairman John Lupton urges a large attendance at the July 6th meeting in the Abbey Hall, as he says that “as a community we have a collective responsibility to protect the most vulnerable in our community, especially the youth, against the havoc and utter devastation that can be caused to them by drugs’.
The objective of the meeting will be (1) to heighten awareness (2) to initiate a specific strategy which will provide the necessary help to those in need and which would involve (a) access to methadone for those who need it, (b) a centre where people could drop in, (c) a resident drugs officer in Roscrea and (d) access to rehabilitation programmes and also (3) to initiate a prevention programme for younger age groups. “ The latter would recognise that the most effective way of fighting drugs is to empower and equip young people to stand up to the drugs culture and fight it themselves. Hence, we must ensure that our youth become strong, resourceful and fulfilled at an early age and that they obtain as many skills as possible through which they may grow and develop’ he said.
‘In this regard the whole community has a role to play. Those who play golf, who can fish, play soccer, hurling, rugby, mountain climbing, etc can pass on those skills to youth and especially youth who may be more vulnerable and for one reason or another cannot access these skills.
Therefore, all clubs and organisations I believe, have a special responsibility. However, it must be recognised that many clubs and organisations are at present carrying out such responsibilities in our community to an heroic degree and we must as a community affirm and support what they are doing, said John Lupton, RCDC Chairman.