Monthly Archives: May 2011

Presentations to Secondary Schools on the Dangers of Drug and Alcohol Abuse with Addiction Counsellor Leona Cronin


Presentations to Secondary Schools on the Dangers of Drug and Alcohol Abuse with Addiction Counsellor Leona Cronin Over the last number of months Leona Cronin of the Kerry Addiction Counselling Service and Senator Mark Daly have visited secondary schools in Killarney, Castleisland and Kenmare to inform the students of the dangers of alcohol and drugs, in particular drugs previously sold in Head Shops. While Head Shops are no longer selling drugs on their premises, the drugs are still available from other sources. The purpose of going to the schools is to warn them of the consequences of using and abusing drugs and alcohol.

Prior to Head Shops being prevented from selling their drugs, some parents mistakenly believed that the ‘legal highs’ were safe. So much so that Senator Daly has met parents who bought a drug which was the same as cocaine from these Head Shops for their children in the false belief that it was safer.  Senator Daly hopes to complete the visits to the schools in Dingle, Caherciveen, Killorglin and Rathmore in the coming weeks.

For those who are in a similar crisis or are not certain of the warning signs, be assured that you are not alone and help can be found by contacting the following:

Kerry Addiction Counselling: 089 4259 395
Garda Confidential Line: 1800 666 111
HSE Drugs Helpline: 1800 459 459
Teen Line: 1800 833 634
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Mobile Phone Warning Labelling Legislation

As spokesperson for the party on Communications I propose to introduce the Mobile Phone Warning Labelling Legislation, making people aware of the potential dangers to children of mobile phones.

This was recommended by an Oireachtas Committee in 2005. The EU Environmental Agency has recommended that Governments adopt the precautionary Principal when it comes to children’s health.

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