Following Brain Injury Awareness Week
| Did you know that on of the lesser-known causes
of brain injury is illegal drugs?
The hospital, which is based in Putney was keen to address this issue after reading the 'Wandsworth Survey of Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Schoolchildren'. This was conducted for Wandsworth Drug Action Team by Alpha Research and published last year. The study found that the prevalence of drug taking is significantly higher amongst pupils in Wandsworth schools than the national average, though drug awareness levels are similar to those recorded nationally.
As part of the campaign, the hospital has sent information to local secondary schools and asked them to run debates allowing pupils to examine their own attitudes to drug use and knowledge of potential consequences. Hospital staff will also visit shopping centres in Wimbledon, Wandsworth and Putney to speak to people about the work of the hospital and highlight the potential effects of drug use on the brain.
Although there is little statistical information on the incidence of brain
injury as a result of drug use, a snapshot of the hospital's own patients
indicate that this is a hidden cause.
Drugs are just one of the many causes of severe brain injury. Whatever the
reason for their injury or illness the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
provides rehabilitation and care for severely disabled people, focusing on
giving back their independence. It is not part of the NHS and relies on
January 17, 2005