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McDonagh, Debbie and Walshe, Orla (2016) Western Region Drugs and Alcohol Task Force: family support strategy 2017-2020. Galway: Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force.

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The Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force (WRDATF) is a co-ordinating body, providing a multi-agency and regionally appropriate response to substance misuse in the western region (Galway, Mayo and Roscommon). Its overall aim is to significantly reduce the harm caused to individuals and society by the misuse of drugs and drugs through a concerted focus on supply reduction, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and research. Key objectives include the development of an integrated and well managed response to drug and alcohol problems, propose a range of solutions and service interventions based on the five pillars of the National Drugs Strategy 2009 – 2016 (interim) and ensure that all responses are monitored and evaluated according to best practice and value for money principles.

The WRDATF recognises both the specific needs of families affected by substance use and the fact that family members often require support in their own right. With this in mind the Task Force carried out a regional needs assessment of families in the West and began the development of a four-year strategy (2017-2020), which is informed by a review of the literature, both national and international research and an extensive consultation process. This strategy strives to be a cohesive, integrated and dedicated plan for families lead by the WRDATF and its partners.


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