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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debates. Written answer 276 - National drugs strategy [8120/18]. (20 Feb 2018)

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276. Deputy Róisín Shortallasked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the lack of engagement of a number of Departments in the national drugs and alcohol strategy in respect of input at national level and participation at drug and alcohol local and regional taskforce level; and the steps he will take to address this matter in view of the interrelated nature of the problem of misuse. [8120/18]


Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): The Government's drug strategy, Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery – a health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025, recognises that drug and alcohol use is a complex issue requiring an inter-departmental response, focused on promoting healthier lifestyles within society.

A National Oversight Committee (NOC), which I Chair, gives leadership and direction to support the implementation of the strategy. A Standing Sub-Committee drives the implementation of the strategy and promotes coordination between national, local and regional levels. All relevant government departments and agencies have a representative on these committees. Government departments and agencies are also represented on Local and Regional Drug and Alcohol Taskforces. My Department is currently carrying out a review of their membership. I am committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure the implementation of the strategy.

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