UISCE / Dublin, Ireland

Together with active local communities, family members and government

“Our organization started as a result of a radical overhaul of the national drug strategy in 1997-98.  This created the establishment of a ‘Task Force’ in areas most affected by drugs, and also in areas of relatively high social deprivation.  The idea was to bring together representatives of the community (community leaders, often people centrally involved in anti-drugs street protests and borderline vigilantism, plus parents of drug users), including Statutory (Police, Government departments) and NGO sectors.  We lobbied to have a seat for someone to represent drug users.  Tommy Larkin was this person, and our organization grew from Tommy being given a budget to develop the role. Currently we are two employees.”