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Change of focus from 'just say no' to 'just be safe'

Change of focus from 'just say no' to 'just be safe'

Tuesday 30 August 2022

Change of focus from 'just say no' to 'just be safe'

Tuesday 30 August 2022


Jersey's Public Health team says it has decided to move away from 'drugs are bad' campaigns to focus on promoting harm reduction among islanders.

While many islanders don’t take drugs, those that do can be at risk of experiencing adverse reactions.

Public Health says these reactions tend to be due to unsafe behaviours such as taking a too high a dose, taking too often or taking with other substances. The mental state of the person taking the drug and the physical environment they are in can also contribute to this.

While it advises that the easiest way to stay safe is to not take drugs, if people do choose to use them, Public Health is advising that they should do so in the safest ways possible causing minimal harm to themselves and those around them. 

From now on, they'll be providing information and guidance covering drug-specific risks, how these can be reduced, and the signs and symptoms of when someone needs immediate medical assistance. 

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Pictured: Islanders will be provided with information to ensure they know the signs and symptoms of when someone needs immediate medical assistance after taking drugs. 

This change in the Government’s approach will address substance use and associated health and social harms as the main priority. This includes health issues such as preventing problematic use, reducing deaths, and diseases as well as addressing wider social issues such as stigma, healthcare access, unemployment, housing, and inequalities.

Director of Public Health, Professor Peter Bradley, explained: “Substance use has changed and therefore our approach to it must change. We have seen in other jurisdictions that the ‘drugs are bad’ messages are not effective and that this new informed approach works. We are not condoning the use of illegal substances, what we would like to do is inform Islanders and help people stay safe.

“There will always be people using drugs despite knowing the dangers. We want to educate Islanders on practical elements that may make drug taking behaviours less harmful. Taking any substance is dangerous, so it is important that Islanders are fully informed of how to stay safe, look out for others, and seek help if needed.”

SUPPORT...

Islanders can contact the Alcohol and Drugs Service on 445000 for advice and support. Young Islanders can find more information via the Youth Enquiry Service.

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Posted by IanSmith97 on
And so the insidious, slippery slope to legalisation begins. Once we dipped our toe into this morass with big money with their overblown claims about its ‘benefits’ to the island economy, it was only a matter of time before “drugs is a health problem” mantra started to rear its head. I read elsewhere the new ‘government’ is looking at decriminalisation. Only a matter of time now, then God help us all.
Posted by Mark Wilbourn on
Professor Nutt was sacked by the UK government for telling the truth. Tobacco and alcohol kill more people than any illegal drug, yet they’re socially acceptable. Jersey has a long history of harming it’s population and tourists with low duty on these two.
Paracetamol and aspirin are drugs. Yet nobody criticises anybody for taking one of these. Paracetamol kills more people than cannabis. Heroin, morphine and pethidine are generally bad, but if you have a major operation, break a leg or give birth, they are on balance beneficial. Ultimately, the “drugs are bad” message is harmful and should have been ditched years ago.
If you want to know the truth, read a peer reviewed article like, https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(10)61462-6/fulltext or you can continue to live in ignorance of the relatively great harm tobacco and alcohol inflict on the human body.
Posted by Private Individual on
Stop this lunacy now!

I have worked on the frontline and had to deal directly with people high on drugs and the last thing you should be doing is legalizing it. As Ian Smith quite correctly says it is a slippery slope to even consider making it legal. I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of drugs and the misery they bring to people in local communities.

We need a solid steadfast NO MEANS NO approach to stop the drug dealers in their tracks.

The public should be very afraid as the drug gangs will target the island even more than they do now.

You have been warned.
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