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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 196 - National drugs strategy budget [26479/15]. (01 Jul 2015)

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196. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the total spend on the national drugs strategy for each of the years 2009 to 2014; the estimated spend for 2015; his views that the strategy is successful in treating heroin addiction; his views on the results and outcomes from the methadone maintenance programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26479/15]

 

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin): The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction reports that methadone is the most commonly prescribed substitution treatment for problem opiate use in Europe. In conjunction with other services and supports, methadone maintenance treatment is a critical stabilising treatment that provides a pathway to recovery for the individual affected by problem substance use. The latest figures from the HSE indicate that over 9,892 clients were receiving methadone maintenance treatment at the end of April 2015. Retention in methadone treatment is generally considered a positive goal in service provision.

Treatment interventions, including methadone maintenance, have been shown to result in reduced drug use, as well as improved health and social outcomes for clients, and a reduction in drug-related crime. Harm reduction interventions, such as needle exchange, also result in better health outcomes for clients, reducing the incidence of blood-borne viruses. There is clear evidence that having access to drug treatment is one of the main factors in reducing drug-related deaths.

 

Details of the expenditure attributable to drugs programmes from 2009 to date, as well as the estimated allocation for 2015, are outlined in the following table. The decrease in HSE expenditure in 2011 compared to 2010 arose due to savings achieved as a result of the public service pay cut, HSE staffing redundancies and a reduction in funding to Voluntary and Community Agencies. Further savings were identified by the HSE in 2014 and these have been taken account of in determining the 2015 allocation. I am advised by the HSE that frontline services have been maintained and no reductions have been made to existing services in 2015.

 

The reduction in the Department of Health allocation in 2014 and 2015 respectively reflects the fact that the Department transferred €21.04m in funding relating to Drug and Alcohol Task Force projects to the HSE on 1st January 2014, with a further €1.02m transferring on 1 January 2015.

 

Department/Agency

2009 (€m)

2010 (€m)

2011 (€m)

2012 (€m)

2013 (€m)

2014 (€m)

2015 (€m)

HSE Addiction Services

104.867

105.400

92.878

89.368

90.392

86.122

86.279

HSE Drug and Alcohol Task Force Projects

0

0

0

0

0

21.570

22.593

An Garda Síochána

45.004

44.500

45.014

45.850

44.000

43.000

43.000

D/Children & Youth Affairs

28.501

25.740

24.987

22.730

20.310

19.548

19.548

D/Justice & Equality

14.801

14.478

18.681

18.580

18.553

18.762

18.928

Revenue Customs Service

15.867

15.797

15.470

14.241

14.624

16.235

16.235

D/Social Protection (former FÁS area)

18.800

18.000

15.634

11.859

13.434

14.063

13.702

D/Health

40.326

35.755

33.554

32.376

30.524

8.280

7.350

Irish Prison Service

5.000

5.200

5.200

5.000

4.500

4.200

4.285

D/Education & Skills

3.643

2.461

0.411

0.815

0.810

0.748

0.746

D/Environment, Community & Local Government

0.461

0.461

0.400

0.200

0

0

0

Total

277.270

267.792

252.229

241.019

237.147

232.528

232.666

Item Type:Dail Debates
Source:Oireachtas
Date:1 July 2015
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Subjects:MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Financial management > Funding
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Programme planning, implementation, and evaluation
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic policy
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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