Blanchardstown Drug and Alcohol Trends Monitoring System
The Blanchardstown Local Drug and Alcohol Taskforce have launched the 4th annual Drug and Alcohol Trends Monitoring System (DATMS).
The DATMS provides the taskforce with an evidence base for drug use in Dublin 15 and this data is used to inform service provision. To monitor and respond to the changing needs of the local community the DATMS is completed annually.
2018 key findings include:
1. Across four years of data, it is evident that there are two recurring themes emerging from different data sources over this period. These themes provide a deeper understanding of the nature and consequences of drug and alcohol use in Dublin 15. The first theme identifies drug and alcohol use as a community wide issue crossing all socio-economic boundaries, and the second is the normalisation of drug and alcohol use in Dublin 15.
2. From DATMS Year 1 to 4, treated drug users reported an increase in the use of alcohol, cannabis herb and cocaine powder.
3. Mapping treatment demand indicates a significant cohort of inter-generational drug and alcohol users.
4. Evidence of drug use during school hours in 9 out of 10 local secondary schools.
5. Easy access to drugs continues and is facilitated by an increase in the number of under 18s dealing.
6. Family members of drug users continue to report the negative impact drug and alcohol dependence has on the family.
7. Access to mental health services continues to be an issue.