About the Mid West Regional Drugs & Alcohol Forum
The Mid West Regional Drugs Task Force (MWRDTF) was established under the National Drugs Strategy 2001 – 2008 to research, develop, implement and monitor a co-ordinated response to illicit drug use at regional level, based on evidence of what is effective.
The Task Force is responsible for ensuring the development of a co-ordinated response to tackling drugs problems in counties Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary and Limerick City.
Role of the Mid-West Regional Drug and Alcohol Forum (MWRDAF)
The role of the task force is to implement the goals of the national drug strategy 2017-2025.
The key goals include:
- To promote and protect health and well-being.
- Minimise the harms caused by the use and misuse of substances and promote rehab and recovery.
- Support participation of individuals families and communities
- Address the harms of drug markets and reduce access to drugs for harmful use.
- Develop sound and comprehensive evidence informed policies and actions.
The MWRDAF works collaboratively with community, voluntary and statutory agencies in addressing drug and alcohol issues in the mid-west.
Drug and alcohol issues not only effect an individual but has effects on families and communities in many ways.
The MWRDAF aims to ensure the development of a co-ordinated and integrated response to illicit drug use.
In addition, the forum will work collaboratively in addressing drug and alcohol related issues in the Mid-West in the following ways
- To identify and address gaps in service provision, having regard for evidence available on the extent and specific location of illicit drug use in the region.
- To provide information in relation to supports available for families and individuals effected by drug and alcohol use.
- To provide information and regular reports to the department.