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[Medical Independent] , Lynch, David A new Minister, a new policy? (09 Jun 2016)

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With new injection centres, the introduction of suboxone and the forthcoming new National Drugs Strategy, incoming Minister for Drugs Catherine Byrne has plenty on her plate, writes David Lynch

New Minister of State for Communities and National Drugs Strategy Catherine Byrne has a very intense 12-month schedule in front of her. The challenge is significant. For instance, over 10,000 people are currently receiving methadone treatment.

GPs play a vital role in this programme. According to figures supplied to the Medical Independent (MI) by the HSE, there are currently 280 GPs on Level One contracts within the methadone treatment service and another 73 on Level Two contracts......

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