Welcome to the MRDTF

As Chairperson of the Midland Regional Drugs Task Force (MRDTF), I would like to welcome you to the MRDTF Website.  The MRDTF is one of ten Regional Drugs Task Forces which was set up across the country in 2003, as a result of a key recommendation arising from the National Drug Strategy 2001-2008. 

Funded by the Department of Health, the MRDTF covers the catchment area of Longford, Westmeath, Laois and Offaly. 

The overall objective of the MRDTF 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 the Interim National Drugs Strategy 2009 – 2016, Supply Reduction, Prevention, Treatment, Rehabilitation and Research.

The MRDTF has been given a key role by the Government in responding to the drug problem. Its composition reflects the need to ensure locally-based responses that compliment existing or planned drug programmes and services in the midland region.  Membership of the MRDTF reflects a four county interagency collaboration that includes representation from the Community Sector, Voluntary Sector, Statutory Agencies, Elected Representatives and Communities of Interest. 

The establishment of the MRDTF gives all members of the Task Force a unique opportunity to work together in preparing and implementing an integrated strategy to address the issues relating to drug use and misuse within the counties of Longford, Westmeath, Laois and Offaly.  We are currently in the final stage of developing our three year Strategic Plan which will reflect local needs and circumstances to support the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 and the Combined Substance Misuse Strategy.

Michael Dalton
Chairperson MRDTF
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