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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answers 692 & 693 Drug Treatment Programmes Availability [32556/14 & 32557/14]. (17 Jul 2014)

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692. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if he will provide in tabular form the number of persons who sought drug treatment and rehabilitation services broken down by county or local health area for each of the past five years and to date in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32556/14]

693. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the number of people who accessed drug treatment and rehabilitation services broken down by county or local health area for each of the past five years and to date in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32557/14]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): I propose to take Questions Nos. 692 and 693 together.

The HSE provides addiction services in a number of treatment settings to meet the needs of individual drug users. These settings include: primary care through GPs and community pharmacies; satellite clinics that facilitate opioid substitution provision through community pharmacies; treatment centres where opioid substitution treatment is dispensed on site; and residential rehabilitation facilities. As the matter raised by the Deputy is a service issue, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

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