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Safe Needle disposal is now available in Cumbria thanks to a ‘Be Sharp Smart’ Project by CADAS

Safe Needle disposal is now available in Cumbria thanks to a ‘Be Sharp Smart’ Project by CADAS

The project that aims to better understand the needs of people using Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs started in October 2021.

It allows for people to obtain free, clean, medical-grade sharps and provides a place where used needles can be safely disposed of.

People are also given information about how to use IPEDs safely and have the opportunity to talk to a CADAS professional about any issues they are concerned about.

Prior to this project, there haven’t been any facilities to safely dispose of used needles from IPED use in Cumbria since 2010.

 

CADAS are aware of how many people use IPEDS which can include drugs such as anabolic Steroids, fat burners, growth hormone, and peptides. IPEDS is often referred to as steroids, roids, juice, or gear – but are more prevalent than ever in certain areas of the community, where usage is often well hidden.

Phil, who is in leading this project says: “I am pleased with the progress we are making across Cumbria, but there are still many people out there who may need our help and support. This project really wants to take away any stigma or judgement that any IPED users may feel, and CADAS wants to provide a safe and non-judgemental space where people can find the support they need”.

He added: “There are individuals in Cumbria who are using steroids or other IPEDS and have fears and anxiety associated with their use, and we want to help talk through those fears and make sure that people are safe and educated.”

The new CADAS pilot scheme is being funded by Cumbria County Council. Individuals can contact Phil, who will give them a code to use on the website www.exchangesupplies.org The code allows them to order free medical grade sharps from the national not-for-profit organisation to be delivered to an address of their choice and also to obtain some harm reduction advice.

If you would like any more information on this project, or want to speak to someone in the strictest of confidence about you or someone you know and their IPED usage, please call Phil C on 0300 111 4002 or email philc@cadas.co.uk

 

 

 

CADAS appoints manager to deliver vital rehabilitation help in south Cumbria

CADAS appoints manager to deliver vital rehabilitation help in south Cumbria

A woman with an outstanding track record in leading staff to support vulnerable people has been appointed to run Cumbria Alcohol and Drugs Advisory Service’s operation in the south of the county.   Gail Jenson’s career has included posts in charity, education and the public sector  — all making a positive difference to people’s lives… Continue Reading

Feeling hangxious?

Feeling hangxious?

It’s payback time and you’ve got a hangover. This time, though, you’re feeling anxious as well as ill. Why is that? Cumbria Alcohol & Drug Advisory Service volunteer Steve Russell explains. You’re suffering hangxiety or, to give it its uncontracted title, hangover anxiety. Essentially, you’re experiencing a chemical imbalance in your brain. In fact, you’re… Continue Reading

Harmful drug and alcohol use in Cumbria is ‘concerning’

Harmful drug and alcohol use in Cumbria is ‘concerning’

A recent report by Cumbria County Council reveals some shocking statistics relating to harmful drug and alcohol use across the county. The Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Cumbria: Health Needs Assessment has found that whilst alcohol consumption in the county is higher than the national average, only 19% of people with alcohol dependency are receiving… Continue Reading

Walk into your Spring

Walk into your Spring

As you know, CADAS has been a partner in Active Cumbria’s ‘Walking for Health’ project for quite a while now, training staff and volunteers to lead short group walks for people of any level of fitness around the county.  Whilst Covid restrictions were in place, these had to be halted, but with spring in the… Continue Reading

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You bet there’s help for gamblers…  and for those whose lives they wager

You bet there’s help for gamblers… and for those whose lives they wager

What’s an odds-on safe bet to say about gambling? That it makes rich bookies richer, and poor punters poorer? Definitely. That it makes victims of partners, family, friends, and colleagues? Definitely. That effective, confidential help is freely available to gamblers and their victims? Definitely again. CADAS volunteer Steve Russell discovers some of the many agencies… Continue Reading

How do we use your donations?

How do we use your donations?

This is a question that is asked a lot to charities. Did you know that we need to bring approximately £10,000 per week to continue operating? We currently operate out of our four centres in Carlisle, Kendal, Workington and Barrow, as well as other local hubs, such as GP surgeries and libraries. This approach helps… Continue Reading

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