Written answers

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Photo of Thomas GouldThomas Gould (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein)
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537. To ask the Minister for Health if further details will be provided on the proposed plan to address crack cocaine, as promised in budget 2022. [62553/21]

Photo of Frank FeighanFrank Feighan (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael)
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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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