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April 2019 updates

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DROP (Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Outreach Project) has issued its 2019-21 Strategic Plan, which represents the concerted efforts of the service users, staff, board and stakeholders in the community, who were consulted and provided feedback and suggestions during the plan’s formulation. The plan is focused on facing new challenges amidst changing needs, recognizing that the way ahead sees these as representing opportunities to respond even more coherently to the needs of drug users. The plan can be downloaded here…..

The Youth At-Risk Network has issued a Diary Date for its next workshop, scheduled for May 23rd, 2019.  Venue, time, facilitators and guest speakers are due to be communicated soon. Further information from Barry Dempsey, Youth Prevention Coordinator, Southside Partnership. Barry is interested in hearing from persons who wish to be involved in planning and organising these workshops (01-2722020 / 087-3611019). Email….

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DATF Activities Report: The DLR Drug and Alcohol Task Force has issued a short Funding and Activities Report, 2018 into 2019. The report is available as a download…

The 6th Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2020 (GAPC 2020) will be held in Dublin, Ireland 9-11 March 2020. GAPC is the leading forum for the world’s alcohol policy makers, advocates, researchers, civil society activists and practitioners. The conference in Ireland will have the theme: Alcohol Equity and Global Health: the benefit of alcohol control for sustainable development for all. It maintains the tradition of focusing on advocacy, overcoming vested interests in alcohol policy development and the need for international collaboration to stop the harm caused by alcohol. Further information….

Southside Community Training Network will be offering a 1-day course on Managing Professional Boundaries. This course will be open to anyone working with a local community group or organisation in DLR which has a social inclusion focus or those who are interested in working in this field: May 14th 2019 from 9.30am-4.30pm Location: Samuel Beckett Civic Centre, Ballyogan. More details ……

Holly House Community Resource Centre is hosting a Community Education morning Thursday, April 11th in The Scouts Den, Ballybrack. The event is being held in conjunction with Dublin Learning City and LBS Men’s Shed. See poster….

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Following the success of the Knowledge in Action event on February 14th we have now published a summary report on the event itself. Given the event’s overall success it is now planned to stage it annually. Report available as download…..

March 2019, Updates

A big thanks and congrats to all who attended the 'Knowledge into Action’ event, Thursday, February 14th, 2019. It was very successful. A 90-second video with event highlights is available on this link. 

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A report of the event, together with an outline of our planned follow-up, will be posted in early March. Meanwhile, relevant reports, used in workshops and presentations, are available below.

Workshop A: 

Extract of chapter “Social Reintegration and Stigma” from “Just Maintaining the Status Quo?"

Workshop B

Hidden Harms Project: explanatory leaflet

Workshop C:

Summary report on feasibility study on researching young people’s substance misuse in DLR

Plenary 1

Explanatory Hep C leaflet from Community Response

Plenary 2

Copy of report from Service Users Rights in Action Group

See: Knowledge in Action Brochure

February 4th Website Updates

Knowledge into Action - Reminder

If you have not already registered for the Task Force’s forthcomng workshops on Februiary 14th in the LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, you should do so now as there are still a few places left. 

Further information

Hidden Harms - Practice Guide

Tusla and the HSE have jointly issued a strategic statement and practice guide, Seeing through Hidden Harm to Brighter Futures It is an important national interagency collaboration between both bodies, outlining how they can work together in addressing the needs of children affected by parental problem alcohol, and other drug use. A Hidden Harm information leaflet for practitioners has also been published.

Further information and copy of statement, practice guide and leaflet

Launch of ‘Just Maintaining the Status Quo’?

The Task Force staged a very successful launch of the report, ‘Just Maintaining the Status Quo’? on December 10th with both local and national media coverage. 

Further information and copy of the report

Silent Voices - Alcohol Action Ireland Initiative

Alcohol Action Ireland has launched a new initiative, Silent Voices, to raise awareness of the experience of growing up in Ireland with parental alcohol misuse. The initiative  aims to promote an understanding of the adverse impacts of parental alcohol misuse on the lives of children, including children who are now adults.  It also plans – through engagement with existing service providers – to secure supports for those who have lived, or or are living, with parental alcohol misuse.

Further information

Family Support Network - Bereavement Programme

The Family Support Network (FSN) is starting the first Bereavement Programme of 2019 on the 7th of February. It will run every second Thursday from 7-9pm in their offices at 5 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1. This 10 week programme is designed to provide information and awareness for people who have lost loved ones as a result of addiction. 

Further information

Cocaine use in Europe - Report

The European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has produced a new report that assesses trends of increasing availability and consumption of cocaine across Europe. The study investigates the consequences of these developments on acute health harms linked to cocaine and crack use and reviews the current public health responses to problems related to these drugs

Further information and copy of the report

Research on deaths among homeless - Report in BMJ

New research published in the BMJ Open medical journal showed that the rate of deaths among homeless people in Dublin was up to 10 times higher than the general population, and that over one-third of the deaths were caused by drug or alcohol-related factors. The research, which was commissioned by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE), looked at 201 deaths among a cohort of homeless people in Dublin over a five-year period, as well as the leading causes of death. The research found that the standardised mortality ratios (SMRs – basically the deaths in the group in comparison with expected deaths in the general population) was 3 to 10 times higher in homeless men and 6 to 10 times higher in homeless women, when compared with the general population. Drug- and alcohol-related deaths accounted for 38.4% of the deaths in homeless individuals. 

Further information

Civil society report on global drug policy

A comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the impact of global drug policies is available in a report Taking Stock: A Decade of Drug Policy, A Civil Society Report, by the International Drug Policy Consortium, which promotes open debate on the effectiveness, direction and content of drug policies at the national and international level, and supports evidence-based policies that are effective at reducing drug-related harm. Taking Stock advocates that beyond 2019, UN member states should “end punitive drug control approaches and put people and communities first”. It advocates that states should “promote and facilitate the participation of civil society and affected communities in all aspects of the design, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of drug policies.”

Further information

Find out more about the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Drug and Alcohol Task Force 





The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Drug and Alcohol Task Force (DLR DATF) is a partnership of people from local statutory, voluntary and community service providers and elected local representatives. It is an important component of the Irish Government’s response to drug and alcohol use as outlined in Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery. 

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At a local level Drug and Alcohol Task Forces (DATFs), building on previous national drug strategies,  complement other mainstream interventions for tackling drug and alcohol problems. There are 14 local DATFs: 12 in Dublin (including DLR) and two outside in Bray and Cork City. 

The DLR-DATF has the following aim and purpose:

  • To compile information on local alcohol and drug problems in DLR
  • To maintain an up-to-date picture of these problems
  • To identify gaps in the State’s response to these problems
  • To make funding recommendations to government on the best way for dealing with local drug problems
  • To support community agencies and other local bodies to get involved in the work of the Task Force
  • To monitor the implementation and effectiveness of funded actions and to decide future priorities

Organisationally, the Task Force in DLR is hosted by Southside Partnershipwe are funded by the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Local Education & Training Board (DDLETB)  and we work in close collaboration with funded projects and other agencies. While we cover the DLR county area, we more specifically target communities where these problems have been most prevalent.

The operational procedures for task forces are set out in two handbooks, the first was published in 1999 and revised in 2011. The DLR-DATF operates in accordance with these procedures amended per recommendations in the Report on the Review of Drugs Task Forces, 2014


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