About the South Inner City Local Drugs Task Force

The South Inner City Local Drug Task Force was established in 1997. The Task Force, is funded by the Drugs Programmes Unit and works in partnership with the Voluntary, Statutory and Community Sectors.

The Task Force implements the national drug strategy on a local level.

The overall strategic objective for the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 is: “To continue to tackle the harm caused to individuals and society by the misuse of drugs through a concerted focus on the five pillars of supply reduction, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and research.”

Download the National Drugs Strategy (interim) 2009-2016 by clicking here.

The Task Force is involved in the provision of a wide range of services which are categorised on this site according to the pillars of the National Drugs Strategy; Prevention and Education, Treatment and Rehabilitation and Supply Reduction.

The Task Force also commissions research into trends in the problem use of drugs and alcohol in the South Inner City Area.


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.

To read more about the background of the Local Drug Task Forces click here.