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[Irish Examiner Breaking News] Minister announces changes to drugs task forces. (18 Dec 2012)

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Minister of State with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy, Alex White, today announced the conclusions of a Department of Health review of Drugs Task Forces.

The Review recommends a series of changes for the Drugs Task Forces to respond to current patterns of substance misuse.

The key changes include:

* Drugs Task Forces to be renamed “Drug and Alcohol Task Forces” reflecting their current role in tackling substance misuse, including alcohol;

* A National Coordinating Committee to be established to guide the work of the Drug and Alcohol Task Forces and drive implementation of the National Drugs Strategy;

* Clearer terms of reference and corporate governance guidelines for Drug and Alcohol Task Forces;

* Measures to encourage more Public Representative involvement in the work of Drug and Alcohol Task Forces and

* Review of the number and boundaries of Drugs Task Forces, mainly in Dublin.

 

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