Canal Community Local Drugs Task Force

The Local Drugs Task Forces were set up to ensure a fully integrated response to the drug problem in the worst hit areas which takes account of the specific needs of those areas. Of equal importance, the Task Force process allows local communities - the people most affected by the problem - to work with the State Agencies and voluntary organisations in designing and delivering that response. Since their inception in 1997, the Task Forces have achieved a significant number of successes, not least in reducing the feelings of isolation and frustration previously experienced by many community and voluntary organisations working at the coalface of the drug problem. These organisations now feel that they are part of a co-ordinated and effective response to drug misuse in their areas. While much still needs to be done, they have over the past number of years significantly increased the range of programmes and services available to respond to the needs of drug users and potential drug users.