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Dáil Éireann Debate, Friday - 3 December 2021

Friday, 3 December 2021

Questions (128)

Francis Noel Duffy

Question:

128. Deputy Francis Noel Duffy asked the Minister for Health if a decision has been made with regard to the allocation of the €500,000 to address the crack cocaine crisis announced as part of Budget 2022; if not, the date by which this decision will be made in view of the fact that community drugs projects are struggling to maintain services and have no clarity on available funds from 1 January 2022 to meet the needs of service users on crack cocaine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59347/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In Budget 2022, an additional €6m was provided for new health measures to support the implementation of the national drugs strategy, Reducing Harm Supporting Recovery.

As part of this €6m, €0.5m was allocated to address high risk drug use, such as crack cocaine and other drugs. The funding will expand harm reduction responses both in local communities and as a response to the use of stimulant drugs in the night time economy. It will also extend the Naloxone demonstration Project to prevent drug overdose deaths.

The Department of Health has published a factsheet on the additional funding in Budget 2022 which can be found at www.gov.ie/en/publication/001fc-budget-2022-factsheet/. This includes a summary of the new health measures in tabular format.

The HSE National Service Plan 2022 will provide details on the allocation of the new funding.

I believe this new funding will strengthen the health-led approach to drug and alcohol use as

set out in the Programme for Government and support the strategic priorities for 2021-2025 under the national drugs strategy, which I recently announced. 

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