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Drugs and Alcohol - Drug Task Forces

Drug Task Forces use a Partnership approach between statutory, voluntary and community agencies to respond to drug problems in a local area or region. They develop and implement a local drugs strategy by coordinating all relevant programmes in the area, working to address gaps in services, and implementing action plans in relation to supply reduction, prevention, awareness, treatment, rehabilitation and research. Membership of the Task Forces includes representatives from the Health Service Executive, An Garda Síochána, the Local Authority and VEC, youth and employment services, as well as elected public representatives and Voluntary and Community sector representatives. There are 14 Local Drugs Task Forces in areas with highest drug use (particularly heroin use) and 10 Regional Drugs Task Forces in areas not covered by Local Drugs Task Forces.

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