Feedback – NW Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force Meeting May 2019

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A meeting of the North West Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force took place on 30th May 2019 in Carrick on Shannon.


This is the feedback from the meeting. The Leitrim PPN Representatives are Mary McKeirnan and Francie Gilmartin.


Community Guide to Alcohol Licensing Workshop:

A community guide to Alcohol licensing workshop will be held in Sligo IT on the 4th of July 2019 from 2pm. Notification and invitations will be sent out in the coming days to all public representatives, an Garda Siochana, community groups, housing associations and residents committees.


Think Before You Buy Campaign:

Think Before You Buy  brings home the message that recreational drug use plays a key part in funding the operations of drug dealers in our communities. This is is directly linked to criminality and drug related intimidation.

Short information videos were made to raise awareness that engaging in casual drug use  contributes to the fear and intimidation inflicted on people in our communities. The videos are available to view on  and below.





Our hope is that it will improve communication between communities, the local authorites and An Garda Síochána in relation to drugs. The videos ask recreational drug dealers to think about how the small amount of drugs they buy at weekends feeds into a much bigger national problem. Posters and videos will be circulated widely in the coming months with a view to launch it officially in September.


SMART Recovery Training:

The Task Force is funding the roll out of SMART recovery in the North West. This is being facilitated by Darren O’Brien – Assertive Outreach Worker – Sligo. Training notification has issued to interested parties. It involves initial online training, followed by face to face facilitator skills training. If people are interested in the SMART Recovery training or just want to know more…

Contact Darren at for further details by

Friday the 14th of June 2019.


The next Task Force Meeting takes place in Sligo on the 4th of July 2019. It is followed by the Community Guide to Alcohol Licensing Workshop.

The North West Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force also provide a range of training options for community, workers and interested individuals. See more details on our webpage at 

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