“Just Maintaining the Status Quo”?

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Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD will be launching the report, “Just Maintaining the Status Quo”? The Experience of Long-term Participants in Methadone Maintenance Treatment, by Paula Mayock, Shane Butler and Daniel Hoey. There are still a few places left for the launch, which will be held in County Hall, Dun Laoghaire on Monday Dec 10th, commencing 9.45. In addition to Minister O’Connor, speakers will include Sandra Campbell, (Task Force chairperson), Dr. Paula Mayock (lead author), Dr. Eamon Keenan (National Clinical Lead, HSE Addiction Services) and Philomena Poole (CEO, DLR Co. Council). If you intend coming to this event you need to register by contacting Marie 01-7060125  

Governance code issued

The Charities Regulator has issued a new Governance Code for charities in order to facilitate better administration, management and governance of charitable organisations. The Code is for committee members, council members, board members or directors of a charity and is designed to help charity trustees put good governance systems and processes in place, to assist them in meeting their legal duties under charity law. The Code includes six principles which all charities should apply, core standards expected to be met when the principles are being put into effect, and additional standards that reflect best practice for larger charities, or charities with complex organisational and funding systems.


DROP Annual report 2017

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Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, launched Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Outreach Project’s (DROP) Annual Report 2017 on November 15th last. The Project has gone through considerable change in recent year and continues to evolve in providing a professional service to its service users. A high priority in both 2017 and currently in 2018 has been to review organisational and informational policies, and to ensure the organisation has compliance with governance codes. Looking forward DROP has a new 3-year Strategic Plan designed to ensure it remains a service leader in community-based recovery. Photo shows the Minister with Joan Byrne (guest speaker from Citywide) and Anthea Carry who was appointed new DROP manager during 2017. Download

National Drugs Forum, 2018

The HRB website has uploaded presentations from its first National Drugs Forum (2018) organised jointly with Department of Health in the Aviva Stadium, November 12th last. The event aimed to strengthen the capacity of existing communities of practice and to provide examples for collaborative working across the statutory, community, and voluntary sectors.


Medical use of cannabis and cannabinoids

December 4th: The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has produced a report on the evidence base for the medical use of cannabis and cannabinoids. The report outlines the importance of distinguishing cannabis preparations and medicine products and summarises regulations within the EU. 

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As most EU countries now allow, or are considering allowing, the medical use of cannabis or cannabinoids in some form, the report is designed to help policy-makers practitioners, potential patients and the public, to understand the scientific, clinical and regulatory issues that arise when consideration is given to making cannabis or cannabinoids available to treat the symptoms of medical illnesses. The report highlights the challenges of decision-making in this area and summarises the multiple issues that governments may consider when deciding whether to make cannabis or cannabinoids available for medical use. These include: the types of product that patients will be allowed to use; the medical conditions for which such products can be used; and the type of medical and regulatory supervision under which patients are allowed to use them. The report is available as a download.

November 2018 - website updates

Youth substance misuse research

The DLR Drug and Alcohol Task Force (in conjunction with Southside Partnership) has appointed a consultant, Dr. Louise Kinlen, to design a research study on young people’s substance misuse….(more)

Prevention coordinator

Southside Partnership via SICAP and with additional funding from DLR Drug and Alcohol Task Force (in conjunction with D&DLETB) has appointed a prevention coordinator, Barry Dempsey, who will commence on November 19th……..(more)

Community & Services Participation

Southside Partnership in conjunction with DLR Drug and Alcohol Task Force has initiated a Community and Services Participation Project ……(more)

Joint Policing Committee

A public meeting of the Joint Policing Committee for DLR will be held in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan at 7pm on the 20th November, 2018……..(more)

Save the date 1:

Places are filling for the launch of "Just Maintaining the Status Quo”? The Experiences of Long-term Participants in Methadone Maintenance Treatment, on December 10th next, in Assembly Hall, Dun Laoghaire, 10am-12pm……..(more)

Save the date 2:

Local knowledge; local actions (February 14th, 2019)- a one-day conference for persons living and working in DLR  that will both showcase existing programmes taking place in DLR county, and also identify key future health challenges, arising from substance misuse. It will include workshops……….(more)

Youth at-risk network

A brochure for summarising the experience of the Youth At-Risk Network workshop series, 2017-18 has been produced and is available online and in paper formats…….(more)

Youth At-risk Update

A new series of Youth At-Risk Network workshops, commencing 2019. If you have any ideas, suggestions, please feel free to contact the new Prevention Coordinator, Barry Dempsey

Meanwhile, we have produced a brochure summarising the Network series, 2017-18.

Multiple hard copies of this brochure can be obtained by contacting Marie: 01-7060125 or email.


Video about young people’s smoking

Dun Laoghaire Community Training Centre has circulated this video on smoking, and is seeking likes to help it win online award. View video here

Date for your diary

Older drug-users: Monday, Nov 5th. Assembly Hall, DLR County Council Office, Dun Laoghaire.

The DLR Drug and Alcohol Task Force, in conjunction with Southside Partnership and DLR- Community Addiction Team will be launching a report on the health and social needs of older drug users, who have been more than ten years in continuous treatment. The research was undertaken by Dr. Paula Mayock, TCD. The launch will include a workshop on this important theme. Invitations will be issued in due course 

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