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Keane, Martin (2004) EDDRA column. Drugnet Ireland, Issue 10, March 2004, p. 13.

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Welcome to the seventh 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 to those working in the drugs area on current demand reduction actions across Europe and to promote the role of evaluation in the reducing demand for drugs. The database is co-ordinated by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

At the end of last year there was a total of 463 projects on the database in the areas of drug prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, harm reduction and criminal justice. A total of 38 (8%) of these projects are from Ireland. During 2003 a total of ten new projects representing good practice in Ireland were entered into the EDDRA database. A brief description of each these projects is presented below.

Ana Liffey children's project. The project promotes and supports high-quality parenting and enhances the quality of life for children of parents who use drugs.

Rinn Development Drug Rehabilitation Sail Training Initiative. This initiative offers drug users an adventure –sailing - that challenges them mentally, socially and physically.

Tallaght Rehabilitation Project. This project provides a rehabilitation service to stable drug users that are receiving methadone treatment at community-based drug treatment centres.

Merchant’s Quay Outreach Service. This service was set up to target problematic drug users who were not linked to any of the mainstream drug treatment services.

Aislinn Adolescent Addiction Treatment Centre. This service provides a residential treatment programme for young people aged between 15 and 21.

The Labour Market Inclusion Programme. This project integrates former drug users into the work place through offering training and employment placements.

The Soilse-Rutland Partnership Project. In this partnership project, Soilse provides the social rehabilitation and Rutland provides the residential treatment programme.

The CUMAS Project. Cumas helps families to cope with the impact of drug misuse on the family and within the community by offering individual support services, group work and drug-related information.

CARP Killinarden Childcare Services. The CARP childcare service responds to the needs of the children of opiate-using clients that use the CARP drug treatment services.

Health Advice Café. This service provides information, referral and alternatives to substance use for young people located in the Western Health Board region.

During the months of October and November 2003 the EDDRA website recorded an average of 500 unique visitors per month with the average length of each visit lasting between eight and ten minutes.1 

More information on these and other Irish projects can be obtained from the EDDRA website at http://www.emcdda.eu.int/responses/methods_tools/eddra.shtml 

1. EMCDDA, personal communication December 2003

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco)
Issue Title
Issue 10, March 2004
March 2004
Page Range
p. 13
Health Research Board
Issue 10, March 2004
Accession Number
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