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The Launch of “Drugline” greeted enthusiastically

The Launch of “Drugline” greeted enthusiastically

The long awaited “inclusion of other drugs” on the Alcohol Helpline was launched by Hon Annette King MP, Minister of Health, on Thursday, December 5, at 9.45 am to 11am, at Parliament Buildings, in the Beehive Foyer.

Alcohol Drug Association New Zealand (ADA) Chief Executive, Paul Traynor said: “This initiative has been advocated for, over the past four and half years and the launch today is a significant step. “ It is an acknowledgment at long last that drugs along with alcohol are of major concern and we need to provide quality information, support and referral so people can access the help they need” says Paul.

The Helpline is a free nationwide telephone service, offering confidential information, advice and referrals for people with questions about their own or someone else's drinking or drug use.” says Paul. The Drug Helpline supports the need to provide strategies for reducing the risks of drug use, and the harm it does, through early interventions. This inclusion of other drugs provides the measure to prevent or minimise drug use in the first place.

Research tells us that early access to advice and support is basic to early intervention, which is effective. The Drug Helpline inclusion to this service makes sense. “Many callers want information about drugs other than alcohol, and the resources and interventions used by the brief intervention counsellors and Helpliner volunteers are generic to substance use”, says Paul

“We appreciate the support of the Ministry of Health who are funding the “inclusion of other drugs” and also to ALAC for their ongoing commitment to funding the Alcohol aspect of the Helpline”, says Paul. The number is 0800 787 797 10am to 10pm daily. Callers will hear “Alcohol Drug Helpline how can I help you ?” when they call, and help, support and assistance will be there, says Paul.

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