Drugs can have a massive impact on the lives of so many people. Those who abuse these substances will typically suffer from poor mental and physical health, and many will die prematurely. This can have a profound and lasting impact on their loved ones, who will struggle as they watch their loved one destroy their life, knowing that there is nothing that they can do to help. Occasionally, drug addiction affects more than just one member of the family, as Jamie Dunnigan knows all too well.
Jamie from Dundee recently revealed that drugs had ‘wiped out’ her family after her sister Audrey became the eighth member to have died as a result of substance abuse. Audrey is suspected to have taken a heroin overdose just over a week ago.
Jimmy Black, who once chaired the Dundee Fairness Commission, has now spoken out about the city’s drug problem and said that answer has still to be found. He said, “Many families have been destroyed by the use of drugs. We have never quite managed to find the answer to the problem of people taking drugs.”
He went on to say, “However, I’m very confident that council officers are working to solve our drug problems, and in the next two to three years our integrated health and social care programme will provide opportunities to help people resolve their drug addiction.”
The problem that many drug addicts face is knowing where to turn for help. Many do not know how to access the help they need, despite there being many options available to them. Jacky Close from Faith in the Community pointed out that there is help available throughout Dundee, adding, “Across Dundee, there are a number of drop-in centres run by different groups that offer holistic support to people. If someone is struggling with an addiction issue, they can turn to these organisations for support. Hopefully, people will be aware of those groups, which have members who understand how hard the journey to fight drug addiction can be.”
Drug abuse and addiction have negative consequences for the individual and his or her family members. It is often the case that families are torn apart by one member’s addiction. A spokesperson for NHS Tayside said that substance misuse is ‘a major public health issue at national level’. She added, “The number of drug deaths locally has fluctuated over the past few years. There has been a concerning rise in the past decade, and a great deal of work has been going on to address the problem.”
She then went on to say, “This has included development of overdose awareness training and the take-home Naloxone programme. There have also been improvements in communication and prescribing practice amongst practitioners and service development work within the alcohol and drug partnerships to develop recovery-orientated systems of care. These include early intervention for children of parents affected by substance misuse.”
She stressed that early intervention is key when it comes to tackling the issues that caused the addiction, and pointed out that comprehensive treatment programmes can help those at most risk.
It is important to point out that while drug misuse in Dundee is at critical levels, it is also a major problem in other towns and cities across the United Kingdom. No matter where you live, you should know that help is always available to those who need it.
Here at Primrose Lodge, we help individuals with addiction every single day. Our clinic is decorated to a high standard, and we offer fully comprehensive treatment programmes designed to treat both the physical and psychological issues associated with addiction.
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Source: (The Evening Telegraph) ‘Drug Use in Dundee Has Destroyed Many Families’