The SERDATF is one of ten Regional Drugs Task Forces which was set up across the country in 2003, as a result of a key recommendation arising from the National Drug Strategy 2001-2008. Funded by the Department of Health, the SERDATF covers the catchment area of Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.
The role of the Task Force is to research, develop, implement, and monitor a co-ordinated response to illicit drug use at regional level. The SERDATF has been given a key role by the Government in responding to the drug problem. Its composition reflects the need to ensure locally-based responses that complement existing or planned drug programmes and services in the south east region.
Membership of the SERDATF reflects a five county inter-agency collaboration that includes representation from the Community Sector, Voluntary Sector, Statutory Agencies, and Communities of Interest.