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Health Research Board. Irish National Focal Point to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2017) Ireland: national report for 2016 - treatment. Dublin: Health Research Board.

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The current National Drugs Strategy (2009 to 2016) sets out a range of priorities, each with associated actions, for drug treatment. The overarching categories are development of general problem drug use treatment services; targeting of services for specific at-risk groups; development of a quality and standards framework; and training and skills development. The development of the next National Drugs Strategy (NDS) is ongoing. The Health Service Executive (HSE) is responsible for the provision of all publicly funded drug treatment. Drug treatment is therefore provided through a network of HSE services (public), but also non-statutory/voluntary agencies, many of which are funded by the HSE. Some private organisations also provide treatment.

A range of treatment options is available for problem drug users, mainly in outpatient settings but also in residential settings. Almost all opiate substitution treatment (OST) provided is methadone. Buprenorphine in combination preparations is not routinely available in Ireland. In 1998 the first formal methadone treatment protocol (MTP) was introduced to ensure that treatment for problem opiate use could be provided wherever the demand existed. Outpatient methadone treatment for problem opiate users is provided only through specialised HSE outpatient drug treatment clinics, satellite clinics or through specialised general practitioners (GPs) in the community.

Date:2017
Pages:24 p.
Publisher:Health Research Board
Corporate Creators:Health Research Board. Irish National Focal Point to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Dublin
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence of drugs and alcohol use > Problem drugs and alcohol use
B Drugs and alcohol substances > Opioids (opiates)
HJ Treatment method > Drugs and alcohol disorder treatment method
HJ Treatment method > Drugs and alcohol disorder treatment method > Drugs and alcohol replacement method (substitution)
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Residential facility
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Community-based treatment (primary care)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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