Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (467)

John Curran


467. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health the progress which has been made in organising a yearly national forum on evidence based and effective practice on drug and alcohol education (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37741/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The national drugs strategy 'Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery – A health-led response to Drug and Alcohol Use in Ireland 2017 – 2025' is underpinned by the values of equity and partnership and a commitment to an evidence-informed approach.

The Department Of Health  and the Health Research Board hosted the inaugural National Drugs Forum (NDF) in November 2018 as a means of engagement and shared learning between all the stakeholders involved in the national drugs strategy, including Government departments, community and voluntary organisations and drug and alcohol task forces. 

The preparations for this year’s Forum are underway and the working group tasked with organising the Forum has met several times over the last months. This year’s Forum will take place on November 5th .

I believe that the involvement of all stakeholders in the response to problem drug use is key to realising the strategy’s aims. I look forward to the deliberations of the Forum on improvements in service development and delivery.