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Ballymun Local Drugs Task Force. (2000) Ballymun Local Drugs Task Force: Revised action plan. Dublin: Ballymun Local Drugs Task Force.

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The Ballymun Local Drugs Task Force was set up in March 1997 to assess the nature and extent of the drug misuse in Ballymun and to develop and monitor the implementation of an action plan to respond to this identified problem. This action plan was drawn up after a period of consultation over a twelve-month period. Part I of the plan presents a review of the progress in implementing the existing action plan over the previous three years. Progress in reaching the objectives set out in the first action plan, and the factors affecting this progress, is outlined under the following headings: Education and Prevention; Treatment and Rehabilitation; and, Reduction of Supply. The 26 measures proposed for funding in the first action plan have been into operation and all 11 projects submitted by the Task Force for individual evaluation have been approved for mainstreaming of funding.

A number of positive developments since 1997 are noted in the review, including the local availability of drug treatment that has reduced the waiting list for treatment from 108 to 15, and the marked reduction in open drug dealing. However, the consistent level of educational underachievement, and its implications for potential future drug misuse, is identified as a particular point of concern. Part 2 of the plan provides an outlined of a revised strategy. This is presented under the following headings: Current extent and nature of the drugs problem in the area; Profile of existing or planned service provision; Current and anticipated needs; and, Identification of needs not being met. The findings of local prevalence study in 1998 are noted (a summary is provided in the appendix) and other problem areas, including benzodiazepine, cocaine and alcohol misuse are described. The various existing treatment, aftercare and rehabilitation services and education and prevention projects are described. The various environmental and social factors that contribute to opiate use are described as they relate to Ballymun. Part 3 of the plan explains the specific proposals which are to give effect to the strategy outlined under the following headings: Education and Prevention; Treatment & Rehabilitation; Supply Reduction; and Technical Assistance


Date:2000
Call No:ML4, VH4.2 Ballymun LDTF
Pages:86 p.
Publisher:Ballymun Local Drugs Task Force
Corporate Creators:Ballymun Local Drugs Task Force
Place of Publication:Dublin
Keywords:AOD education, AOD prevention, Ballymun, community action, community collaboration, community development, Local Drugs Task Force
Notes:Summary of 1998 prevalence study included in appendix
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Accession Number:HRB 173 (Available)
Subjects:MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Community action > Community involvement > Task forces
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Dublin
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Programme planning, implementation, and evaluation > Programme planning (strategy)
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care delivery

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