About the DTFs

The Local Drugs Task Forces (LDTF’s) were set up in 1997 to facilitate a more effective response to problem drug-use in the areas most affected. This was to be achieved through improved co-ordination in services and through utilizing the knowledge and experience of local communities in designing and delivering those services.

The Task Forces are a partnership between the statutory, voluntary and community sectors. They prepare and oversee the implementation of action plans which co-ordinate all relevant drug programs in their areas and address gaps in service provision.

Statutory Sector: Government Departments and Agencies. (Representatives from these agencies should be at a sufficiently senior level, or have access to people in their organisation who are in a position to influence policy).  Voluntary Sector: Drugs Service Providers (delivered by voluntary and community based organisations)  Community Sector: Community based groups and networks working locally

Where are the Local Drugs Task Forces?

Canal Communities
Cork City
North Inner City
Dublin 12
Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown
North East Dublin

What about the rest of the country – do they have Drug Task Forces?

Regional Drug Task Forces (RDTF’s) have been established in each of the 10 (former) Health Board areas across the country. Their role is to develop appropriate policies to deal with drug misuse in the regions.

How do drug problems in a local community get action?

Community reps through their networks and groups identify issues from their local community. The LDTF community reps meet before each Task Force meeting to establish common objectives for the meeting. These issues are then brought to the full Task Force meeting for discussion and appropriate action is decided.

How do problems and issues in local areas get communicated to the government and to those that decide on Drugs Policy?

The National Drugs strategy has structures for linking the work of the Local and Regional Drugs Task Forces to the work of policy committees and to the Minister directly.