NewsLocal NewsLimerick homeless shelter reduces drug overdoses by more than a thirdBy Alan Jacques – September 4, 2014 904 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleMinister Noonan fit and well againNext articleRosbrien school benefits from Mongolian motorbike marathon Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook TAGSAlan JacqueshomelesslimerickMcGarry HouseNovas Initiatives Email Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live A LIMERICK-based homeless charity has reduced the incidence of overdose among its clients by 35 per cent in the last nine months.Novas Initiatives, the largest provider of homeless services in the Mid-West region, recently revealed in a research study the growing number of overdoses among its residents. In an 18-month period during 2012/2013, McGarry House experienced 34 overdoses — an average of one every two weeks.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Almost three quarters of the homeless people in temporary accommodation in the Alphonsus Street centre had overdosed on drugs — and most of them within the last year. Novas, along with its partners in the Mid-West region took immediate action to reduce the number of overdoses in its service by involving staff and residents, particularly those who had previously witnessed or experienced overdose.In response, a study entitled ‘Head Up: Preventing and Responding to Overdose in McGarry House’ was commissioned and 14 recommendations were developed, including the development of a peers skills and education programme.In the last nine months, due to such proactive steps, Novas has been successful in reducing the incidence of overdose in McGarry House by 35 per cent. Head of Novas’ homeless services, Anne Cronin commented, “This is still a work in progress as we strive to eliminate overdose altogether.”“Novas has shown that it is possible to reduce deaths by overdose by responding to the needs of those at risk and involving them in the process of response and rehabilitation,” she said.Novas is concurrently providing relevant staff training in the areas of harm reduction, safe injecting, defibrillator training and risk assessment. Complimentary training has also been provided to residents.Ireland has the highest level of reported problematic opioid use in the EU and the third highest death-rate of drug induced deaths. More drug-related deaths occur in Ireland each year than road accidents. And, according to Ms Cronin, people experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to overdose.“We urge government to publish its much anticipated overdose prevention strategy and bring this issue to the forefront of political debate. Until the issue is addressed in a consorted and sustainable manner, needless deaths will continue to happen,” Ms Cronin concluded. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Twitter Advertisement
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(BBC) – Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has won the Football Writers’ Association Men’s Footballer-of-the-Year award.The 30-year-old midfielder, who led Liverpool to their first league title in 30 years this season, received more than a quarter of the votes.“As grateful as I am I don’t feel like I can accept this on my own,” he said.“I owe a lot to so many people but none more so than my current team-mates, who have been incredible and deserve this every bit as much as I do.”Liverpool team-mates Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane, Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford also finished in the top five.On Wednesday Henderson, who is recovering from a knee injury, received the Premier League trophy from Reds legend Sir Kenny Dalglish at a near-empty Anfield.Henderson added: “I accept (the award) on behalf of this whole squad, because without them I’m not in a position to be receiving this honour. These lads have made me a better player – a better leader and a better person.“If anything I hope those who voted for me did so partly to recognise the entire team’s contribution.”Henderson had also lifted the FIFA Club World Cup trophy for the first time in December.Off the pitch, Henderson has helped raise money for the NHS as part of the #PlayersTogether initiative.Arsenal and Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema was named the Football Writers’ Association Women’s Footballer-of-the-Year earlier this month.