Sex and drugs and rock'n'roll.


The community center at the housing estate of St. Mellons in Cardiff, Wales, has two projects serving youth. A physician and nurse make up a team operating family planning clinic at the youth center on Friday afternoons. Local graffiti artists have created brightly colored posters to promote the drop-in center. Teenagers come to the youth center to play pool, drink coffee, and to listen to music. In a room next to this activity, the team distributes contraceptives (e.g., condoms). They also counsel teens about sexuality, relationships, self-respect, health, and disease. They work to dispel any incorrect information that they often hear. Counseling provides the teens correct information, which they can convey to their peers. The director of family planning and well-woman services for South Glamorgan finds peer education to be more effective than sex education in schools. A psychiatric nurse and her community drug colleagues set up a drop-in center for a needle exchange, but the team finds itself acting as a drugs information service. The advice it gives includes ho to use drugs more safely, possible adverse reactions, referrals (medical, detoxification, and counseling), and the nature of substances on the street. Clients trust the team so much that they share with the team members when there is a bad drug on the market. An outreach worker has headed up a residential week-end with some teens to further discuss drug use. Despite their success and popularity, lack of financial or human resources prevents expansion of both service. The drug needle exchange/information service tried to work out of another youth center, but fear by neighbors that it would give the area a bad name hampered its opening.

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@article{Cassidy1994SexAD, title={Sex and drugs and rock'n'roll.}, author={Jane Cassidy}, journal={Nursing times}, year={1994}, volume={90 1}, pages={14-5} }