Press Release

Minister White attends “Let’s Talk About Drugs” National Media Awards 2013

Alex White, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy, today (25th Sep 2013) attended the “Let’s Talk About Drugs” National Media Awards 2013.

The “Let’s Talk about Drugs” Media Awards competition is run on an annual basis to stimulate debate around the drugs and alcohol issue in communities. The competition is open to young people from the age of 12 to young adults over 21 and is aimed at primary and secondary school students, college students and aspiring members of the media. Young people are invited to create a newspaper article, cartoon strip, record an audio feature or video/animated feature about drugs or alcohol based on their chosen theme. The key themes this year are “Alcohol and Sport – who is the real winner?” and “Weed and Health – are we making a hash of it?”.

This year for the first time the competition includes a special poster design category to encourage people to report drug dealing to the Crimestoppers Freephone confidential number 1800 25 00 25. It is intended to use the concept of the winning poster in the next ‘Dial to Stop Drug Dealing’ campaign.

Minister White said “targeting young people with prevention in mind is one of the most important things we can do and that’s why I’m delighted to be involved in the “Let’s Talk About Drugs” National Media Awards ceremony today. It is encouraging to see drugs and alcohol issues being debated in such a creative way and I am particularly pleased that the winning poster will inspire the forthcoming Dial to Stop Drug Dealing campaign.”

The National Media Awards are co-ordinated by the Greater Blanchardstown Response to Drugs, supported by the Department of Health, the HSE, Crimestoppers and the Irish Examiner.

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Note for Editor:

Greater Blanchardstown Response to Drugs

Greater Blanchardstown Response to Drugs (GBRD), which is responsible for creating the National Media Awards, is a community based initiative set up to address the drugs issues in the greater Dublin 15 area. It is funded from the Department of Health through the North Dublin City & County Regional Drug Task Force.

National Media Awards 2013:

Information on the awards is available on www.drugs.ie, www.facebook.com/Drugs.ie and Twitter through @drugsdotie. The awards are also being promoted through the Local & Regional Drug Task Forces. The awards are funded by the Department of Health and the HSE and are also supported by Crimestoppers and the Irish Examiner. The competition is free to enter and is also open to young people in Northern Ireland.

Crimestoppers:

The Irish Crimestoppers Trust was set up in 1998 by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and An Garda Síochána to provide a confidential means for every citizen to report crime by calling a freephone confidential number. The sponsors include a small number of commercial organisations along with the Department of Justice and Equality.

The line is open from 9am until 9pm daily. Messages may be left outside those times.

All calls to Crimestoppers are free and anonymous. Callers do not need to give their name or address. Calls are answered by Gardaí who are trained to take information from anonymous callers in such a way as can be useful in an investigation.