DRIVE (Drug Related Intimidation & Violence Engagement) Roadshow

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andrew.slevin • 22 September 2022
in group PPN Community
Event date 11 Oct 11:00 - 13:00
Event location Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone. • Ireland

DRIVE (Drug Related Intimidation & Violence Engagement) Roadshow – Tuesday 11th October in Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone.

Please find invitation below to attend an information briefing on the DRIVE initiative and DRIVE framework report (please see copy of DRIVE report attached).

The development of the DRIVE framework was supported by funding allocated by the Drugs Policy Unit, Department of Health.  The framework document was formally launched by Minister Frank Feighan, TD Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy in November 2021.  The DRIVE Initiative is managed by a DRIVE Oversight Committee comprising of representation from Regional/Local Drug & Alcohol Task Forces, HSE Addiction Service, An Garda Síochána, Probation Service, Community/voluntary sector & family support services.

One of the key strategic priorities of the National Drugs Strategy 2021 – 2025 is to address the social determinants and consequences of drug use in disadvantaged communities.  Drug related intimidation & violence is a serious and insidious problem that affects individuals, families and communities throughout the county.  Addressing drug related intimidation and violence is a central concern in strengthening resilience in communities, supporting participation of individuals families and communities and developing evidence informed policies.

The DRIVE framework is a data driven intervention model using the best available information to respond effectively to drug-related intimidation and violence in communities in Ireland.  This event for the midlands area (Laois, Offaly, Longford & Westmeath) is part of a National Roadshow Project and will  be delivering by the National DRIVE Co-ordinator and member of the DRIVE Oversight Committee.  The purpose of the event scheduled to take place on the 11th October  is to inform those in attendance of the DRIVE framework and the planned roll out of the framework across the midlands area (Laois, Offaly, Longford & Westmeath).  Looking forward to seeing you on the 11th.  If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please RSVP by contacting Teresa Murphy, MRDATF Office, email:, Tel: 087-3755030 before Friday October 7th 2022.  Refreshments & Lunch will be provided