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Carew, Anne Marie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8026-7228 (2011) Southern Regional Drugs Task Force annual report 2010. Drugnet Ireland, Issue 39, Autumn 2011, p. 28.

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The Southern Regional Drugs Task Force (SRDTF) annual report for 20101 contains information relating the task force, budgets, staffing, treatment outcomes and operational issues. The section on treatment outcomes analyses data on community-based drugs initiatives (CBDIs) returned to the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) in the Health Research Board.   

CBDI services were accessed by 505 clients in 2010, comprising 202 concerned persons (family members or close friends of substance users) and 303 people who sought treatment for their own addiction.
Of the 303 who sought treatment: 
·       More than one-third (35%) were under the age of 18, and three-quarters (76%) were under the age of 25 years.
·       The majority (72%) lived with parents or family.
·       30.0% were still in school, and an additional 30.0% were students.
·       Cases were mainly self-referred (29.0%), referred by family members (22.1%), court, probation or police (18.2%), or social services (8.6%).
·       The most common main problem substance reported by cases presenting for treatment were alcohol (46.5%), cannabis (27.1%), opiates (10.6%), other substances (including hallucinogenic, non-benzodiazepine-sedatives, head shop substances, and other unspecified medications) (6.6%), and benzodiazepines (5.0%).  Ecstasy, cocaine, other stimulants, and volatile inhalants were also reported, but to a lesser extent.
·       90.4% were treated; 9.6% of those assessed did not commence treatment (4.0% were unsuitable, 2.6% were referred/transferred to another service for treatment, 2.3% did not accept the place offered).
Of 179 cases discharged from treatment in 2010, 30.3% had completed treatment or were transferred to another service provider for additional treatment; 42.1% refused further sessions or did not return for subsequent appointments; 20.0% did not wish to attend further sessions as they considered themselves to be stable. The client’s condition on discharge was classified by service providers as stable if they had responded to treatment, and unstable if they had not responded. Of the 179 cases analysed, the majority (51.1%) were stable; 43.8% had a family member or significant other involved in their treatment.
Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
All substances
Issue Title
Issue 39, Autumn 2011
Page Range
p. 28
Health Research Board
Issue 39, Autumn 2011
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