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[Oireachtas] Drug crime [29753/12]. (26 Sep 2012)

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208. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Health his plans to reinstate the dial to stop drug dealing campaign; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29753/12] 

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): The Deputy will be aware that the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing Campaign, which aims to provide a safe and confidential means for people to pass on information on drug dealing, has been in operation since September 2008. Following a review of the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing campaign, it was decided to put in place a more cost efficient approach to promoting the campaign in partnership with CRIMESTOPPERS with effect from 2012.
In May 2012, I re-launched the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing Campaign to raise awareness of the CRIMESTOPPERS number in Drugs Task Force areas and other areas where there is a high concentration of drug activity. Since then, local media campaigns promoting the initiative have been undertaken in the Greater Dublin area. In addition, advertising materials have been provided to Drugs Task Forces and Garda stations, to encourage people with information on drug dealing to call the CRIMESTOPPERS freephone confidential number 1800 25 00 25.

Dáil Éireann Debate - Drug Dealing
Wednesday, 26 September 2012

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