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New low-threshold drug abuse service for young people

Published 26.8.2019 8.16

The City of Tampere has established a new low-threshold service for 16–25-year-olds living in Tampere and Orivesi who have drug-related problems. The youth drug clinic Nuppo in Sarvis, Hatanpää, also helps the families and friends of young people.

Nuppo auttaa 16–25-vuotiaita, joilla on huumeisiin liittyviä ongelmia.

Nuppo supports young people in coping with everyday life, managing their lives and finding their own resources. The basic principle is to offer comprehensive help according to young people’s needs. Support and treatment are planned together with the young person in question, their family and friends and other cooperation partners. Meetings at Nuppo consist of personal visits and group activities.

A referral is not required for Nuppo: the young person needing help or their family or friends may contact the clinic directly. School and student health care personnel, for instance, can also direct young people to Nuppo.

Nuppo employees can be reached without appointment from 10 to 11 a.m. on weekdays:

  • in Sarvis at Hatanpäänkatu 3 B, 4th floor
  • by telephone on 041 730 0665

An appointment with a Nuppo employee can also be booked by sending e-mail to [email protected] or calling the Ensio early access service on 040 639 7780, open on weekdays from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

If necessary, the first couple of visits to Nuppo can also be anonymous.

Nuppo personnel consists of a social worker and two nurses, assisted by experts by experience. Nuppo cooperates closely with the City’s youth psychiatry services and various organisations.

Last spring, an online survey was conducted among Tampere and Orivesi residents to chart their wishes and ideas regarding the new drug abuse service. The survey yielded more than 200 responses. The respondents’ wishes included, for instance, longer opening hours, use of experts by experience, personnel presence in various locations and a chance to seek help anonymously. Many respondents indicated social media as their preferred contact method. The survey also revealed the wish that the customer would not need to go from one service point to another but could get help in one place.

Nuppo’s operations will be developed on the basis of the experiences gained and feedback received during the autumn and the winter.

Photos Elina Pynnönen