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Health Research Board. Irish National Focal Point to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2022) Ireland: national report for 2021 - treatment. Dublin: Health Research Board.

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Ireland’s national drug strategy is structured around cross-cutting goals rather than the pillars of the previous national drug strategy. The main aims are to minimise the harms caused by the use and misuse of substances and to promote rehabilitation and recovery. Therefore, there is a focus on the need for a range of treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery services using the four-tier model. The strategy also recognises the need for timely access to appropriate services for the client.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is responsible for the provision of all publicly funded drug treatment. Drug treatment is therefore provided not only through a network of HSE services (public), but also through non-statutory/voluntary agencies, many of which are funded by the HSE. Some private organisations also provide treatment.

A range of treatment options is available for problem drug users, mainly in outpatient settings but also in residential settings. Almost all opioid substitution treatment (OST) provided is methadone, although buprenorphine in combination preparations is now available but for a limited number of clients. In 1998, the first formal methadone treatment protocol (MTP) was introduced in order to ensure that treatment for problem opiate use could be provided wherever the demand existed. Outpatient methadone treatment for problem opiate users is provided only through specialised HSE outpatient drug treatment clinics, satellite clinics, or through specialised general practitioners (GPs) in the community. The first national comprehensive clinical guidelines for OST were published in 2016.

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Treatment method
February 2022
41 p.
Health Research Board
Corporate Creators
Health Research Board. Irish National Focal Point to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
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HRB (Electronic Only)
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