The BLDATF is one of fourteen Local Drug & Alcohol Task Forces established in 1997 in response to high levels of drug misuse within communities. We are responsible for implementing the National Drug Strategy and facilitating a more coordinated response in tackling drug and alcohol use and misuse in Dublin 15.
Since 1997, Blanchardstown has greatly developed and grown as an area. Many different services and interventions have been developed by the BLDATF to help the people living in Dublin 15 over that time. Unfortunately, the problems caused by drugs and alcohol have also grown and changed in many ways. Therefore, the interventions that are put in place to ameliorate these problems must also be capable of adapting to this change.
A prerequisite for being able to adapt and change services is a thorough, comprehensive and deep knowledge of the problems of the area. We started the Drug & Alcohol Trend Monitoring System (DATMS) in 2015 to provide us with such an analysis. It is our intention to produce a new report every year to ensure that we will always have a strong, local evidence base for everything that we do.