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Ireland. Department of Health. (2017) Reducing harm, supporting recovery. A health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017 - 2025. Dublin: Department of Health.

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Ireland’s “Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery” strategy sets out the Government’s response to addressing the harm caused by substance misuse in our society over the next eight years. It identifies a set of key actions to be delivered between 2017 and 2020, and provides an opportunity for the development of further actions from 2021 to 2024.

CHAPTER 1 – Introduction p.7
CHAPTER 2 – Vision, Values and Goals p.16

CHAPTER 3 – Goal 1: Promote and protect health and wellbeing p.19
Objective 1.1: Promote healthier lifestyles within society p.21
Objective 1.2: Prevent use of drugs and alcohol at a young age p.22
Objective 1.3: Develop harm reduction interventions targeting at risk groups p.28
Performance indicators related to Goal 1 p.32

CHAPTER 4 – Goal 2: Minimise the harms caused by the use and misuse of substances and promote rehabilitation and recovery p.33
Objective 2.1: To attain better health and social outcomes for people who experience harm from substance misuse and meet their recovery and rehabilitation needs p.33
Objective 2.2: Reduce harm amongst high risk drug users 49
Performance Indicators related to Goal 2 p.53

CHAPTER 5 – Goal 3: Address the harms of drug markets and reduce access to drugs for harmful use p.54
Objective 3.1: Provide a comprehensive and responsive misuse of drugs control framework which ensures the proper control, management and regulation of the supply of drugs p.54
Objective 3.2: Implement effective law enforcement and supply reduction strategies and actions to prevent, disrupt or otherwise reduce the availability of illicit drugs p.59
Objective 3.3: Develop effective monitoring and responses to evolving trends, public health threats and the emergence of new drug markets 61
Performance indicators related to Goal 3 p.62

CHAPTER 6 – Goal 4: Support participation of individuals, families and communities p.63
Objective 4.1: Strengthen the resilience of communities and build their capacity to respond p.63
Objective 4.2: Enable participation of both users of services and their families p.66
Performance Indicators related to Goal 4 p.68

CHAPTER 7 – Goal 5: Develop sound and comprehensive evidence-informed policies and actions p.69
Objective 5.1. Support high quality monitoring, evaluation and research to ensure evidence-informed policies and practice p.69
Performance Indicators related to Goal 5 p.72

CHAPTER 8 – Strengthening the performance of the strategy p.73
CHAPTER 9 – Conclusion p.81
CHAPTER 10 – Strategic action plan for the period 2017-2020 p.82

APPENDIX 1 – Membership of the Steering Committee on the National Drugs Strategy p.98
APPENDIX 2 – List of relevant inter-connected strategies and policies 99
Glossary of Terms p.100
References p.102

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Guideline, Report
Drug Type
Alcohol, All substances, Substances (not alcohol/tobacco), Cannabis, CNS depressants / Sedatives, CNS stimulants, Cocaine, Inhalents and solvents, Opioid, New psychoactive substance, Prescription/Over the counter
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive, Drug therapy, Treatment method, Alternative medical treatment, Prevention, Harm reduction, Crime prevention, Education and training, Psychosocial treatment method, Rehabilitation/Recovery, Screening / Assessment, Policy
July 2017
Call No
REF Irish Drugs Policy
110 p.
Department of Health
Corporate Creators
Ireland. Department of Health
Place of Publication
Accession Number
HRB 5345 (Available), HRB 5346 (Available), HRB 5346 (Available)

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