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Thursday, 7th February 2019

HSE to open new addiction centre in Drogheda

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The building at the  Donore Industrial Park where the new service will be based.

The HSE will begin offering addiction services next month at a unit in Donore Industrial Park on the Donore Road which is currently being refurbished. The cost of the new unit was €410,000 inclusive of fit out.

Eleven HSE staff members will operate from the building offering services such as addiction counselling, community outreach and a methadone service. There will also be a GP led addiction clinic one day per week. 

Staff at the new centre will include a Social Inclusion Manager, a Methadone Doctor, Clinical Nurse Manager II, General Assistant, Senior Counsellor, Counsellor, Under 18’s Clinical Nurse Specialist, U18’s Counsellor and three administration staff

The Regional Substance Use Service for Teens (SUST) team, comprising Clinical Nurse Specialist and Counsellor will also be run from the new centre.  

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Clients will be able to contact the service directly for an appointment and they may also be referred by a concerned other or by a GP, a HSE funded service, addiction or homeless services, or other statutory services and community services.

Young people can self-refer to SUST and parents and schools can also refer as can Tusla and other statutory agencies.

The HSE unit will be working in partnership with other services in Drogheda such the Red Door, Drogheda Homeless Aid, Anna Liffey Needle Exchange and service providers for clients with an addiction, in recovery or who are homeless.

Local TD, Fergus O’Dowd, said the new addiction centre will assist local addiction services in delivering a more effective service to the most vulnerable people in Drogheda.

“Whilst I have been openly critical of the way the centre was developed without local consultation, I welcome the provision of the new services and the new line of communication that has been agreed between the stakeholders that we hope will lead to more positive outcomes for persons or families suffering from addiction issues” he said.

“I met with the Head of Primary Care for the CH08 in late December to outline my concerns on the Donore Road project and request that more focus be placed on assisting the outstanding local service we have in Drogheda, The Red Door Project.

“Over the last 18 months I have been working closely with Louise O’Mahony and the team at the Red Door Project who provide an outstanding service locally.

“It became evident from an early stage that the service has not been supported effectively by the HSE, this in turn has held back the service in terms of expanding and providing more targeted intervention work in the Drogheda area.

“Over recent months the drug’s crisis in Drogheda has escalated to a critical point where we have families and individuals presenting themselves on a weekly basis who have been deeply affected by addiction related issues. We have been working on a cross party basis to improve service provision in this area.

O’Dowd added: “Another positive outcome was addressing the ongoing concern that the needle exchange program that the Red Door currently facilitate would be discontinued, thankfully an agreement was made that the service would continue for a set period of time in order to undertake a proper and correct tendering process."

"There are over 40,000 needles provided through the needle exchange programme in County Louth on a yearly basis which further strengthens my call for further support in this area.”

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