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Drug Task Forces

Drugs Task Force Areas

An overview of Drugs Task Force areas by Department of Health.


Ballyfermot Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force

The Ballyfermot Local Drugs Task Force is a partnership of statutory agencies, voluntary organisations and community representatives set up to respond to the drugs problem in Ballyfermot.


 Ballymun Local Drugs & Alcohol Taskforce

Ballymun Local Drugs Task Force was set up in 1997 to respond to drugs issues in the Ballymun community.


 Blanchardstown Local Drugs & Alcohol Task Force

The BLDTF works in a collaborative way in partnership with the local community, voluntary groups and the state sector. We all work together to develop local plans and local people are key to the process and the development of our policies.


 Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Drugs & Alcohol Taskforce

DLR LDTF works to ensure that the National Drugs Strategy becomes reality in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown. We advocate for communities and for service users on important issues pertaining to drug misuse.


 Canal Communities Local Drugs & Alcohol Task Force

The CCLDTF believes that many issues of general social concern need to be addressed to assist those most at risk in disadvantaged communities in rejecting illegal drugs. Issues such as – early school leaving; bad housing; literacy skills; type of employment – are integrated into the Local Drugs Strategy.


 Clondalkin Drugs & Alcohol Task Force

The overall aim of the Clondalkin Drugs Task Force is to significantly reduce the harm caused to individuals and society by the misuse of drugs. This web-site will give you a variety of information on drugs, local drug services, funding opportunities and up and coming events.


 Cork Local Drugs & Alcohol Task Force

Cork Drugs Info is the official website of the Cork Local Drugs Task Force. In May 1997, the Cork Local Drugs Task Force was formed and its brief was to develop a strategic, locally based response to the drug problem in Cork.


 Dublin North East Drugs & Alcohol Task Force

The Task Force works to aid the development of community based initiatives and to link in with and add value to the programmes and services already being delivered or planned by statutory agencies in the Dublin North East region.


 Dublin 12 Local Drugs & Alcohol Task Force

Dublin 12 Local Drugs Task Force (D12LDTF) website provides an information resource for the local area around drug awareness, drug education, drug prevention, family support, local drugs research, family & community support.


 Mid West Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force

The Task Force is responsible for ensuring the development of a co-ordinated response to tackling drugs problems in counties Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary and Limerick City.


 Midland Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force

The aim of the MRDTF is to deliver a more co-ordinated response in tackling the problem of drug misuse in Counties Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath.


 North Eastern Regional Drugs & Alcohol Taskforce

Should you require any information on the North Eastern Regional Drugs Task Force (NE-RDTF) or any of our funded projects located in Louth, Meath, Cavan & Monaghan, please contact us on 046-9248630.


 North Inner City Drugs & Alcohol Task Force

The North Inner City Drugs Task Force was established in 1997 to develop community responses to the drugs problem in the local area. The NICDTF comprises 20 representatives from the community, voluntary and statutory sectors, who meet monthly to discuss matters relevant to drug use in the community.


 Northwest Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force

Established in 2003, the North West Regional Drugs Task Force has a remit for the North West region including all of Counties Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim, and the North Western portion of County Cavan.


 South Western Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force

The function of the taskforce is to research, develop and implement a coordinated, regionally-appropriate response to substance misuse. The taskforce was setup specifically to work with the communities of South and West Dublin, West Wicklow and Kildare.


 Tallaght Drugs & Alcohol Task Force

The role of the TDTF is to prepare and oversee the implementation of the Government's national drugs strategy at a local level by encouraging co-ordination and co-operation between services and by consulting with local communities to design and deliver services.


 Western Region Drugs & Alcohol Task Force

The WRDTF covers counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. The overall aim is to significantly reduce the harm caused to individuals and society by the misuse of drugs through a concerted focus on supply reduction, prevention, treatment and research.


 Community websites


 Addiction Response Crumlin

ARC was established in June 1996 in response to the problems of drug use in the Crumlin area. The main function of staff is to support service users on the methadone treatment programme.


 Alcohol Action Ireland

Alcohol Action Ireland is the national charity for alcohol-related issues. This involves providing information on alcohol-related issues, creating awareness of alcohol-related harm and offering potential policy solutions for reducing that harm.


 Ana Liffey Drug Project

The Ana Liffey Drug Project is a 'low threshold - harm reduction' drug project based in North Inner City Dublin. Its mission is to work with people affected by problem substance use - to reduce harm, improve overall quality of life and promote human rights.


 Community Awareness of Drugs

CAD is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that provides drug education and training programmes for parents, carers and the community and voluntary sector.


 CityWide - Drugs Crisis Campaign

CityWide works to promote and support a community development approach to the drugs problem - this means involving the people who are most affected by the problem in dealing with the problem - drug users, their families and communities.


 Coolmine Therapeutic Community

Coolmine's continuum of care supports clients from their contemplation of a life free from dependence on drugs and alcohol, right the way through to aftercare, when clients return to the wider community after rehabilitation.


 Depaul Ireland

Depaul Ireland is a dynamic cross border charity which offers homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to fulfil their potential and move forward towards an independent and positive future.



Drugs.ie is funded by the Health Service Executive and managed by Ana Liffey.


 Finglas Addiction Support Team

FAST are a community based initiative providing information and support for those affected by drug and alcohol misuse.


 Irish Penal Reform Trust

The Irish Penal Reform Trust is Ireland's leading non-governmental organisation campaigning for the rights of people in prison and the progressive reform of Irish penal policy.



Jigsaw projects across Ireland work with communities to better support young people's mental health and wellbeing. The Jigsaw programme has been developed and supported by Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health.


 Merchants Quay Ireland

Merchants Quay Ireland is a voluntary organisation providing a wide range of services to people who are homeless and for drug users.


Narcotics Anonymous in Ireland

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.


 Alcohol Forum

NWAF Ltd is a registered charity that works to prevent and reduce alcohol related harms in communities. Based in the North West of Ireland and working across borders, the NWAF is a government approved community mobilisation initiative operating in partnership with the Health, Justice, Education, Community and Business sectors.


 Pavee Point

The central focus of this initiative is the promotion of Traveller inclusion into the national, regional and local response being developed to address drug use and to support Traveller organisations in tackling the issue of drug use within the Traveller community.


 Safetynet Ireland

Safetynet is a networking organisation for nurses, doctors and voluntary agencies providing primary health care to homeless people in Dublin, Cork and Galway.


 Saol Project

This is an integrated programme of education, rehabilitation, advocacy and childcare, committed to the women, children and community members of the North Inner City.


 Tabor Lodge

Tabor Lodge is a treatment centre situated in Cork catering for persons with alcohol, drug, gambling, food and other addictions.




Ballymun Youth Action Project

The purpose of the BYAP is to find a way to respond to the drug use and to develop and organize community alternatives to drug-taking. In 1996, it founded Urrús – Ireland's Community Addiction Studies Training Centre – to provide training in relation to drug misuse.


 BeLonG To

BeLonG To is an organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) young people, aged between 14 and 23. The drug and alcohol service exists to address concerns people may have about drug/alcohol use and offers people the opportunity to access support in dedicated LGBT youth space.



Foróige is the leading youth organisation in Ireland, working with approximately 50,000 young people aged 10-18 every year through volunteer-led clubs and staff-led youth projects.


 Inspire Ireland

Inspire Ireland Foundation is a charitable organisation that helps young people lead happier lives. Inspire Ireland achieves its mission through the delivery of ReachOut.com, an online service to help young people aged 16-25 get through tough times.


 Juvenile Mental Health Matters

Juvenile Mental Health Matters is a voluntary philanthropic society. The aim is to conduct high quality scientific research and develop high quality intervention programmes that promote mental health in all young people.


 Spun Out

SpunOut.ie is an independent, youth powered national charity working to empower young people to create personal and social change. The alcohol & drugs section of the site contains an A to Z of drugs.


 Government and State Agency


Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

The OMCYA focuses on harmonising policy issues that affect children in areas such as early childhood care and education, youth justice, child welfare and protection, children and young people's participation, research on children and young people, youth work and cross-cutting initiatives for children.


Department of Health

The DOHC's statutory role is to support the Minister in the formulation and evaluation of policies for the health services. It also has a role in the strategic planning of health services.


 Department of Justice

The collective mission of the DJELR is to help make Ireland a safer and fairer place in which to live and work, visit and do business.


 Department of Social Protection

The Department formulates appropriate social protection policies and administers and manages the delivery of statutory and non-statutory schemes and services.


 Department of the Taoiseach

This department provides the Government, Taoiseach and Ministers of State with the support, policy advice and information necessary for the effective conduct of Government.


ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute)

The ESRI produces research that contributes to understanding economic and social change and that informs public policymaking and civil society in Ireland and throughout the European Union.


 Garda Síochána

An Garda Síochána is the national police service of Ireland.


 HSE - Health promotion

Health promotion campaigns and publications are available from this website.


 HSE - Health Service Executive

The HSE is the body responsible for meeting Ireland's health and social care needs. The HSE provides thousands of services to young and old, in hospitals, health facilities and in communities across the country.


 HSE Quit.ie

This is the website of the National smoker’s quitline.


 Irish Prison Service

The Irish Prison Service operates as an executive agency within the Department of Justice and Law Reform.


 Irish Youth Justice Service

The Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS) is an executive office of the Department of Justice and Law Reform with responsibility for leading and driving reform in the area of youth justice.


 National Office for Suicide Prevention

The NOSP oversees the implementation of 'Reach Out' the National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention and co-ordinates suicide prevention efforts around the country.


 National Office for Suicide Prevention – Your mental health

This site is aimed at the general population with a focus on the 18 and over age group. The site provides information and advice about positive mental health and looks at issues such as depression, anxiety and bereavement that can affect mental health.


 Probation Service

The Probation Service is an agency within the Department of Justice and Law Reform. It is the lead agency in the assessment and management of offenders in our community.


 SPHE (Social, Personal & Health Education)

Social, Personal and Health Education, as part of the curriculum, supports the personal development, health and well-being of young people and helps them create and maintain supportive relationships.




 Beckley Foundation

The Beckley Foundation is a UK-based charitable trust that promotes the scientific investigation of consciousness and its modulation from a multidisciplinary perspective. We also seek to change global drugs policy to reflect a more rational, evidence-based approach, shifting the emphasis from criminalisation to health.


 Drugscope - Dailydose

DrugScope is the UK's leading independent centre of information and expertise on drugs and the national membership organisation for the drug sector. DS Daily is the drug and alcohol news service.

Drugwise is a very useful website that includes a drug encylopaedia and a knowledge hub


 EU Drugs Agency

The EMCDDA exists to provide the EU and its Member States with a factual overview of European drug problems and a solid evidence base to support the drugs debate.


 EU Commission: EUROPA - Migration and Home Affairs - Drugs Policy

The Directorate-General consists of four directorates – Civil Justice, Criminal Justice, Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship and, the directorate for Equality. There is information about the global approach to drugs developed at European Union level, including the EU drugs strategy.


 International Harm Reduction Association

The IHRA is one of the leading international non-governmental organisations promoting policies and practices that reduce the harms from all psychoactive substances.


 National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse

The NTA is a UK National Health Service special health authority. Its purpose is to get drug users into treatment, help them recover from dependency, and reintegrate them back into society.


 Pompidou Group (Council of Europe)

The Pompidou Group's core mission is to contribute to the development of effective and evidence-based drug policies in its member states. It seeks to link policy, practice and science and it focuses particularly on the realities of the implementation of local drug programmes.


Scottish Drugs Forum

 A national resource of expertise on drug issues


Scottish Drug Services Directory

 Contact information and details of over 200 agencies in Scotland who can help with drug treatment and care.


 Talk to Frank

Frank is a UK-based advice and support website. It provides a useful A-Z of drugs and other resources.


 UK Drug Policy Commission

The UK Drug Policy Commission is an independent body that provides objective analysis of the evidence concerning drug policy and practice. 

Please note:
Although we make every effort to ensure these links to external websites are accurate, up to date and relevant, The HRB National Drugs Library cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers. Views expressed on external sites are not necessarily those of the library.

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