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Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force. (2018) Western Region Drugs & Alcohol Task Force annual report 2017. Galway: Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force.

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The Western Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force (WRDATF) was established in 2003. It is assigned
responsibility for the development and implementation of a drug strategy for the counties, Galway, Mayo & Roscommon. This Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force area has a population of 453,413 and encompasses a large catchment region almost a fifth of the geographical area of the country of Ireland.

In line with a large catchment area, presenting substance misuse issues vary from urban areas to rural areas and in some cases from county to county. The WRDATF continues to work in partnership with statutory, voluntary and community sectors to significantly reduce the harm caused by substance misuse in the Western Region. Nevertheless, the WRDATF treatment data indicates a significant and growing drug and alcohol problem which is known to be under reported due to the historic lack of community based service providers and an inability of service users to actively present for treatment in this large catchment area.

Consideration needs to be given to the reason a person presents to a drug/alcohol service looking for help. Not all those presenting for treatment have drug and/or alcohol issues only. Some may present with poly drug and alcohol substance misuse, others with gambling issues also, and a further cohort with more complex co-morbidity of substance and mental health disorders. The Western Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force and the service providers within the region also recognise the specific needs of family members being affected by substance misuse, and the fact that family members often require support in their own right. An ever increasing number of referrals to the ‘Family Support Services’ is indicative of this growing need.


Date
2018
Pages
68 p.
Publisher
Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force
Corporate Creators
Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force
Place of Publication
Galway
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