FYI – DAMIS (Drug and Alcohol Monitoring and Information System) has issued the following email:
Dear Colleague, DAMIS has received reports of an increase in hospitalisations or overdoses due to suspected misuse of prescription drugs/class c drugs such as Xanax and Lyrica in Derry/ Londonderry city. Prescription medicines obtained from illicit sources present a real danger to those taking them, whatever that source might be. Young people in particular may be unaware of the potentially fatal consequences of taking these un-prescribed drugs, particularly when taken with alcohol.
Please take the opportunity to raise awareness of this issue with clients and service users you may be in contact with. If you have any additional information on the misuse of prescription drugs or any other substances of concern, please contact DAMIS@hscni.net. For information on support services, resources etc. visit http://www.drugsandalcoholni.info.