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Substance Abuse.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 22 March 2007

Thursday, 22 March 2007

Ceisteanna (23, 24)

Shane McEntee

Ceist:

18 Mr. McEntee asked the Minister for Education and Science her views on whether all schools should consult with parents with regard to the possible introduction of a scheme of random voluntary drug and alcohol testing at secondary level; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10797/07]

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Billy Timmins

Ceist:

78 Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will encourage all schools to consult with parents with regard to the possible introduction of a scheme of random voluntary drug and alcohol testing at secondary level; if she will ensure that her Department covers the costs of such testing; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10796/07]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 18 and 78 together.

The development of school substance use policies is the responsibility of the relevant school authorities. Under Action 43 of the National Drugs Strategy 2001-2008, guidelines for developing a substance use policy were drawn up by my Department in consultation with the Department of Health and Children and the former Health Boards. A partnership approach based on the "whole school" model is recommended for the development of the policy which would involve the participation of parents/guardians. These guidelines were originally issued to all schools in October 2002.

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