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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 205 - National Drugs Strategy [20261/11]. (13 Jul 2011)

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205. Deputy Catherine Byrne asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016, interim; the position regarding the proposed national substance misuse strategy;. [20261/11]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): My responsibilities as Minister for State for Primary Care include overseeing the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016. It aims to tackle problem drug use in Ireland through the five pillars of supply reduction, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and research, building on the progress which has been achieved to date. I will chair a meeting of the Oversight Forum on Drugs this week. Its main functions are to examine the progress being made under the National Drugs Strategy and to address any operational difficulties and blockages that arise.

A Steering Group, chaired by my Department, is working on the development of proposals on a National Substance Misuse Strategy. It is envisaged that their work will be concluded by the Autumn. Their recommendations will then be considered at ministerial level and subsequently submitted to Government.
Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Dáil Éireann Debate Vol. 737 No. 7

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