Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (215)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

215. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if the Health Service Executive is putting a methadone clinic in St. Otteran's Hospital, Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15476/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE provides opioid substitution (mainly methadone) in a number of treatment settings to meet the needs of individual drug users. These settings include:

- primary care through GPs and community pharmacies;

- satellite clinics that facilitate opioid substitution provision through community pharmacies;

- treatment centres where opioid substitution treatment is dispensed on site; and

- residential rehabilitation facilities. 

As the issue raised by the Deputy is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.