Thursday, 16 December 2021
Department of Health
Local Drugs Task Forces
531. To ask the Minister for Health the number of times the Minister for State with special responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy has met an organisation (details supplied) since their appointment. [62547/21]
Supporting the participation of individuals, families and communities is on of the goals of the national drugs strategy. Community and voluntary groups, including the group mentioned by the Deputy, are represented on the national oversight committee (NOC), which I chair. The NOC meets on a quarterly basis. It provides a forum for groups to give leadership, direction, prioritisation and mobilisation of resources to support the implementation of the national drugs strategy.
Outside of the quarterly meetings of the NOC, I have had one face to face meeting with the group named by the deputy.
The Department of Health currently provides in the region of €28 million to Drug and Alcohol Task Forces to deliver community-based drug and alcohol services in local communities. Task Forces support over 280 community projects throughout the country to tackle problem drug and alcohol use.
The Department does not collect information from task forces on a county basis.