Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (965)

John Curran

Question:

965. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health his plans to deal with the health crisis in view of new figures from the Health Research Board indicating the year on year rise in cocaine use, with 1,500 cases treated for cocaine use in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19808/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery; a health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025’, sets out a whole-of-Government response to the problem of drug and alcohol use in Ireland. It aims to provide an integrated, public health approach to drug and alcohol use based on providing person-centred services that promote rehabilitation and recovery. I am fully committed to its implementation. The Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of services to individuals with substance misuse issues. I have therefore asked the executive to investigate the matter raised and to reply to the Deputy directly.