A number of Derry mothers who have lost loved ones as a result of drug related deaths are to tell their heartbreaking stories in an attempt to raise awareness of drug use/abuse in the city.
The women will tell their personal stories and reflect on the impact substance misuse has had on their families at a public meeting being held in Derry the end of the month.
The meeting, being hosted by the Derry Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), will take place in St Columb’s Park House in the Waterside at 7.30pm on Thursday, 28 August.
The event will be open to members of the public and a number of support services will provide information stands at the venue.
Alderman Drew Thompson, PCSP chairperson, has welcomed the decision to hold the meeting.
He said it would provide an opportunity to inform the wider community of the devastating impact substance misuse can potentially have on individuals and families.
Ald Thompson added: “The PCSP is the public’s partnership that has been established to address the policing and community safety needs of the entire community of the city and district.
“Issues in relation to drugs and so called ‘legal’ highs are a major concern at present for our residents and this public meeting will provide an opportunity for those agencies involved in providing support services to disseminate valuable information and advice.”