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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 603 - National Drugs Strategy implementation [23387/15]. (16 Jun 2015)

603. Deputy Dara Callearyasked the Minister for Health in view of the fact that the current national drugs strategy concludes in 2016, his plans to develop a new strategy; if he has established a public consultation programme regarding the new strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23387/15]


Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin): As Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy, I will be leading the development of the Drugs Strategy for the period after 2016. My intention over the coming months is to lay the groundwork for a concise and focused policy, placing a clear emphasis on the practical implementation of actions.

This work will include an assessment of the extent to which the current Strategy has provided an effective policy response to the drug problem. An examination of the approach to drugs policy and practice in other jurisdictions will also help to identify any additional evidence-based approaches which might be considered in an Irish context.


I intend to consult widely, to meet with all groups and stakeholders concerned with the drugs issue. I want to listen to the concerns of those affected and I am particularly keen to hear from young people, service users and their families.

Item Type
Dail Debates
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Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
16 June 2015
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