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An Garda Siochana. (2021) Substance misuse (controlled drugs) policy. Dublin: An Garda Siochana. 4 p.

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The purpose of this Policy is to ensure that all Garda Personnel are aware of their responsibilities regarding the misuse of controlled drugs. 

Controlled Drugs includes any substance, product or preparation (other than a substance, product or preparation specified in an order under Section 2 (3) of the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977 as amended, which is for the time being in force) which is either specified in the Schedule to that Act or is for the time being declared pursuant to Section 2 (2) of the 1977 Act to be a controlled drug for the purposes of the Act. Drugs also include “psychoactive substance” as defined by Section 1 of the Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Act 2010.


The misuse of controlled drugs by Garda personnel is not tolerated by An Garda Síochána. 

Testing of Garda personnel for controlled drugs within the workplace will be introduced to prevent and deter their use and identify individuals using such controlled drugs. Testing for controlled drugs will be conducted in respect of all prospective employees of An Garda Síochána. This will be incorporated into all recruitment and inter-departmental processes from the date of publication of this policy.

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