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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 183 - Drug treatment programmes policy [NERDATF] [39065/14]. (14 Oct 2014)

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183. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Health the services used by the State to prevent the use of illegal drugs and treat those addicted to drugs in County Meath for each of the past four years. [39065/14] 

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): In line with the National Drugs Strategy, the Health Service Executive has developed a national treatment and rehabilitation service which provides drug free and harm reduction approaches and is capable of dealing with all substances. In addition, Drug and Alcohol Task Forces play a key role in assessing the extent and nature of the drug problem in their areas and coordinating action at local level so that there is a targeted response to the drug problem in local communities. The North East Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force (NERDATF) covers counties Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan. 

Details of the funding allocated to the NERDATF from the Drugs Initiative of my Department from 2011 to 2013 are set out in the table hereunder. In relation to 2014, operational and financial responsibility for all NERDATF projects was transferred to the HSE on 1st January 2014. 







I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy in relation to the services it provides in County Meath in each of the past four years.

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