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Keane, Martin (2006) The EDDRA column. Drugnet Ireland, Issue 17, Spring 2006, p. 21.

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Welcome to the fourteenth EDDRA (Exchange on Drug Demand Reduction Action) column. The aim of this column is to inform people about the EDDRA online database, which exists to provide information on good practice interventions to policy makers and those working in the drugs area across Europe, and to promote the role of evaluation in reducing demand for drugs. The database is co-ordinated by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

During 2005 a total of 10 additional interventions from Ireland were added to the EDDRA database (Table 1). These interventions were selected on the basis that they were well designed and contained an evaluation component and quality-control criteria laid down by the EMCDDA.

Table 1   Ten interventions added to the EDDRA database in 2005

Area of intervention


Primary aim

Vocational reintegration

FÁS Community Employment Scheme for drug users

Assist participants to progress to labour market activity

Social reintegration

Blanchardstown EQUAL Inter-agency Initiative

Enhance opportunities for current and former drug users from Blanchardstown to progress towards labour market opportunities

Universal school-based prevention

Smoke-Free Leitrim: A smoking-prevention and education programme

Reduce cigarette smoking among young people in County Leitrim

Universal school-based prevention

North Eastern Health Board (now HSE North Eastern Region) cigarette smoking cessation programme

Create a smoke-free environment in the HSE North Eastern Region

Universal family-based prevention

CAD Parenting for Prevention

Promote the role of parents and carers in reducing demand for drugs

Selective community-based prevention

Young People’s Facilities and Services Fund (YPFSF)

Attract at-risk young people in disadvantaged areas into sporting and diversionary activities


ICON Drug Support Service

Provide support, emergency care and practical help to local drug users and their families


Certificate in Addiction Studies

Provide quality drug education, training and support that will enhance the competencies and capacities of staff in a variety of settings and sectors

Community-based treatment and harm reduction

Mountview/Blakestown Community Drug Team

Provide a quality professional service to support drug users, their families and the community in moving towards a drug-free experience

Criminal justice

The BOND Project (Blanchardstown Offenders for New Directions)

Support the reintegration of young people leaving prison or place of detention by directing them into appropriate supports in the community

Ireland is consistently one of the largest contributors to the EDDRA database, with 56 interventions included up to February 2006 (Table 2).  The database contains an overall total of 576 interventions.


Table 2   The five highest-contributing EU countries to EDDRA database, February 2006


Number of entries













Item Type
Publication Type
International, Open Access, Guideline, Article
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco)
Issue Title
Issue 17, Spring 2006
January 2006
Page Range
p. 21
Health Research Board
Issue 17, Spring 2006
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