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Galvin, Brian (2008) Minister attends tenth anniversary of DROP. Drugnet Ireland , Issue 28, Winter 2008 , p. 11.

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Mr John Curran, Minister of State with responsibility for drugs strategy, attended an open day to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Outreach Project (DROP) on 17 September 2008.  The Minister talked to staff, service users and visitors about the importance of having community-based responses to addiction.  He emphasised the need to support the families of those with addiction problems.

 DROP provides a range of responses to meet the needs of individuals, families and communities who are affected by drugs and related issues. These include a three-year structured rehabilitation programme for drug users, one-to-one supports for people who cannot yet commit to rehabilitation, an evening service for people using cocaine, and a facilitated drug-free support group.  All of DROP’s services are client-centred, free and confidential. DROP liaises with local agencies to support a continuum of care in areas such as parenting and housing supports, educational and skills development, work placements and training to support career progression. 
Through its own community employment scheme, DROP provides supported work placements with voluntary or community host agencies. DROP also hosts the local drugs task force’s education and development staff.  (Brian Galvin)
For further information about DROP's services, contact the Manager, Ruth McClaughry, on 01 280 3187 or by email at

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