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Problems We Face Today

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    Drug Deaths
    • Ireland has the 5th highest drug mortality rate in Europe
    • Worldwide 50 people die every hour
    • 1 in 3 people die from alcohol abuse
    • 67% of poisonings involved licit (legal) drugs

    Drug Deaths

    • Ireland has the 5th highest drug mortality rate in Europe
    • Worldwide 50 people die every hour
    • 1 in 3 people die from alcohol abuse
    • 67% of poisonings involved licit (legal) drugs
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    Drugs being used in < 24 year olds
    • Alcohol
    • Benzodiazepines
    • New Psychoactive Substances
    • Cocaine
    • Psychedelics - MDMA/E's

    Drugs being used in < 24 year olds

    • Alcohol
    • Benzodiazepines
    • New Psychoactive Substances
    • Cocaine
    • Psychedelics – MDMA/E’s
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    Insufficient drug education
    • Teachers in Ireland have little training in Substance Misuse.
    • Materials are outdated and almost irrelevant.
    • Teachers are already overworked and stressed.

    Insufficient drug education

    • Teachers in Ireland have little training in Substance Misuse.
    • Materials are outdated and almost irrelevant.
    • Teachers are already overworked and stressed.
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    Students wanted to know more...
    • Students didn't want their teacher - 100% preferred and external resource.
    • Students wanted to know a more in depth look at substance misuse.
    • They wanted it to be relevant to their lives today. 

    Students wanted to know more...

    • Students didn’t want their teacher – 100% preferred and external resource.
    • Students wanted to know a more in depth look at substance misuse.
    • They wanted it to be relevant to their lives today. 
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Our Story

  • In Jan 2016 Alex went to a house party in Cork City and tried a synthetic substance believing it to be a less potent drug. He was 18 years old and had a lot of plans for his future. Alex ended up taking a huge dose of the lethal drug known as N-bomb which resulted in him being brought to hospital where Alex never regained consciousness and 4 days later sadly died. 

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  • Alex changed the lives of 4 people by donating 2 of his kidneys, his liver and his heart but Alex’s story did not end here

    Nicole wanted what happened to her family to never need to happen to another so needlessly again so she decided that Alex would change the world and she would be his catalyst and story teller.

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  • Nicole gave up her career as a Marine & Plant Engineer to come home and build Alex’s Adventure. Over the last 4 years she have traveled the length and breadth of the country visiting schools and delivering her workshop educating and sharing how our choices can impact our lives forever. She has delivered this workshop to over 6000+ students nationwide.

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  • From this life changing experience Alex’s Adventure, the drug education series was born. Nicole and her team developed a brand-new programme inclusive of the whole community that aims to not only help students learn more about substance misuse but also to up-skill people in the community and empower them to be able to do what she can do.

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Meet the gang that’s making this possible


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Nicole Ryan - Founder, Workshop & Training Facilitator
Nicole Ryan - Founder, Workshop & Training Facilitator
Aiden Lee - CEO Eolas International
Aiden Lee - CEO Eolas International
Martina Daly – CCO Eolas International
Martina Daly – CCO Eolas International
Caroline Dowling – CEO Flextronix
Caroline Dowling – CEO Flextronix
Ted Owens – Ex-CEO Cork Education Training Board
Ted Owens – Ex-CEO Cork Education Training Board
Dr. Samantha Dockray – Adolescent Behavior Psychologist
Dr. Samantha Dockray – Adolescent Behavior Psychologist
Dr. Sharon Lambert – Substance Misuse Psychologist
Dr. Sharon Lambert – Substance Misuse Psychologist
Tríona Ní Chualáin – English & Irish Teacher, Carrigtwohill Community College
Tríona Ní Chualáin – English & Irish Teacher, Carrigtwohill Community College
Thomas Heising - Visual Content Designer
Thomas Heising - Visual Content Designer

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