It has been a pleasure and a challenge to oversee this issue on addiction. I’ve talked to some amazing people and organisations along the way.
But the reality is that to effectively tackle and provide support to people who have an addiction to substances such as heroin, cocaine, and prescription medicines, we need to come up with innovative solutions and matching funding.
As part of this issue, I travelled to Lisbon in Portugal. In the 1990s, the country was in the grip of heroin addiction. I met the country’s Drugs and Alcohol National Coordinator João Goulão to find out how they have now led the way in Europe in tackling addiction-related issues.
The VIEWdigital team owes a huge depth of gratitude to Addiction NI and the Inspire Group for supporting this issue, especially Inspire Chief Executive Kerry Anthony and Alex Bunting, Director of Addiction Services/ Addiction NI.