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Cork City to Host 26th European Cities Against Drugs Conference

Cork City will host the 26th European Cities Against Drugs (ECAD) Mayor’s Conference this Thursday and Friday.

The topic is “Pathways to Recovery” and will welcome experts in addiction and recovery services to discuss different aspects of addiction, including what cities can do to create sustainable recovery plans.

The conference will feature experts including Professor of Population Health at Trinity College Dublin, Joe Barry, Professor of Criminology at Sheffield University, David Best, and the CEO of Coolmine Recovery Services, Pauline McKeown. They will speak on a number of diverse topics such as the Recovery Academy of Ireland, Inclusive Cities, and how to encourage city wide recovery. The importance of individualised treatment and a united city against addiction will also be emphasised.

The Lord Mayor of Cork, John Sheehan, commented “We are delighted to welcome this conference to Cork which is examining how local authorities and other state agencies can facilitate recovery among their citizens and how local authorities can help citizens sustain a long term recovery.”

Day 2 of the conference will involve site visits to

  • Cork Simon Community, (Gateway Project)
  • Fellowship House, Tabor Group (Residential & Step Down Service) Site visit with a brief overview of Trauma Informed Care, ‘It’s no wonder’, by Dr AnnaMarie Naughton)
  • Walking Tour of Cork (Frank Horgan & St Peter’s Vision Centre Staff Tour Guide)

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