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Home > 101. Mr. English asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if his Department co-operates with the Department of Education and Science in relation to drugs education in the education system here as recommended by the National Drugs Strategy; if so, the programmes which are in place. [18160/06]

[Oireachtas] 101. Mr. English asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if his Department co-operates with the Department of Education and Science in relation to drugs education in the education system here as recommended by the National Drugs Strategy; if so, the programmes which are in place. [18160/06]. (16 May 2006)

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Minister of State at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Mr. N. Ahern): The actions outlined in the National Drugs Strategy pertaining to the education system have been progressed with the significant input of the Department of Education and Science. Officials of the Minister for Education and Science sit on the Regional and Local Drug Task Forces, the National Drugs Strategy Team and the Inter-Departmental Group on Drugs, illustrating the degree of co-operation and co-ordination between our Departments under the National Drugs Strategy. The main focus of the Strategy in respect of the Education Sector is on preventative strategies targeting the primary and secondary levels, as well as the informal education sector including youth services. Arising from this, all schools now have substance misuse prevention programmes included on their curricula. A consequence of this policy is that we have equipped all students with knowledge about the dangers of drug misuse. The Strategy also includes a National Awareness Campaign, managed by the Department of Health and Children, and aimed at promoting greater awareness and understanding of the causes and consequences of drug misuse throughout society. Aspects of this campaign were specifically targeted at the young adult population. Vol. 619 No. 4 Written Answers Tuesday, 16 May 2006

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