In 1998, as a response to local drug-related issues Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Outreach Project CLG (DROP) was founded by the then Local Drug Task Force which was made up of representatives from the local voluntary, community and statutory sector.
The work of DROP can be summarized as “the provision of a range of rehabilitative, therapeutic, educational, employment and reintegration supports and opportunities for individuals, families and communities affected by substance misuse and addiction.”
DROP is funded from a variety of sources; the Health Service Executive (HSE) funds our Rehabilitation Day Service, the Department of Social Protection (DSP) funds our Community Employment Drug Rehabilitation Project and the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Drug & Alcohol Task Force (DLR-DATF) funds our Cocaine Service and Management post.
Over the past 17 years our services have grown and extended in line with local and national emerging needs. What began as a service offering a Community Employment Rehabilitation Programme to individuals stable on Methadone grew to include the provision of the following services; Cocaine/Polydrug, Drug Free, Cannabis Support Group, Pre-entry Stabilisation Programme and Family support.
We have grown to an organisation which can offer multiple supports right across the continuum of care to individuals experiencing difficulties with any substance including alcohol.