Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Department of Health
Drug Treatment Programmes
364. To ask the Minister for Health his policy position on methadone; the number of organisations dispensing methadone; and the supports available and plans in place for those on methadone to eventually cease using this drug. [51789/17]
Methadone maintenance treatment is a critical stabilising treatment that enables people involved to counter their problem drug use and to rebuild their lives. In conjunction with other services and supports such as counselling, after-care and training, methadone maintenance treatment provides a pathway to recovery for the individual affected by problem substance use.
As the other issues raised by the Deputy are service matters, they have been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.