Thursday, 4 July 2019

Questions (345, 346, 347, 348, 351, 352, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 361)

John Curran

Question:

345. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the number of drug treatment episodes provided to date in 2019 by services (details supplied); and the equivalent figures for 2018, in tabular form. [28977/19]

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John Curran

Question:

346. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the way in which the availability of opioid substitution treatments has been improved to date in 2019; and if access to the treatments has been increased through an expansion of general practitioner prescribing, nurse led prescribing and the provision of OSTs in community based settings and homeless services. [28978/19]

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John Curran

Question:

347. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the way in which quality and safety of care in the delivery of opioid substitution treatment has been enhanced to date in 2019; and the way in which the HSE national clinical guidelines on OST are being implemented and reviewed in line with National Clinical Effectiveness Committee processes. [28979/19]

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John Curran

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348. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the way in which relapse prevention and aftercare drug treatment services have been improved to date in 2019. [28980/19]

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John Curran

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351. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the way in which links between maternity services and addiction services have been strengthened to date in 2019. [28983/19]

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John Curran

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352. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health if the need for additional residential placements for pregnant and postnatal women that need inpatient treatment for addiction to drugs and-or alcohol nationally has been quantified; and if so, the action being taken as a result. [28984/19]

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John Curran

Question:

354. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the way in which he is increasing the range of wrap-around community and drug and alcohol taskforces residential services equipped to meet the needs of women using drugs and or alcohol in a harmful manner, including those with children and those that are pregnant. [28986/19]

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John Curran

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355. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the way in which he is developing interventions to address gender and cultural specific risk factors for not taking up treatment for drug addiction. [28987/19]

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John Curran

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356. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the assessment being made of the need for the development of specialist services to meet the needs of older persons with long-term substance use issues. [28988/19]

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John Curran

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357. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the specific actions taken during 2018 to improve outcomes for persons with co-morbid severe mental illness and substance misuse problems. [28989/19]

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John Curran

Question:

358. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the number of additional detoxification, stabilisation and rehabilitation beds provided to date in 2019. [28990/19]

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John Curran

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359. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the way in which needle exchange programmes have been expanded during 2019. [28991/19]

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John Curran

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361. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health if he will report on the development of an overdose prevention strategy. [28993/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 345 to 348, inclusive, 351, 352, 354 to 359, inclusive, and 361 together.

As these are service matters, they have been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.