From left: Minister for Health Simon Harris, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne TD
The launch of the National Drugs Strategy.
Introduction of a pilot supervised injecting facility in Dublin’s city centre;
Establishment of a Working Group to examine alternative approaches to the possession for personal use of small quantities of illegal drugs;
Funding for a programme to promote community awareness of alcohol-related harm;
A new targeted youth services scheme for young people at risk of substance misuse in socially and economically disadvantaged communities;
Expansion of drug and alcohol addiction services, including residential services;
Recruitment of 4 Clinical Nurse Specialists and 2 Young Persons Counsellors to complement HSE multi-disciplinary teams for under 18s;
Recruitment of 7 additional drug-liaison midwives to support pregnant women with alcohol dependency;
Establishment of a Working Group to explore ways of improving progression options for people exiting treatment, prison or community employment schemes, with a view to developing a new programme of supported care and employment….