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Byrne, Catherine

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Homeless Accommodation Provision

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy. More Button

Drug Treatment Programmes

I propose to take Questions Nos. 240 and 301 together.More Button

The most recently published data on drug prevalence show that current use of cocaine (including crack) has remained stable at 0.5 per cent for the past three national surveys (2006/2007, 2010/201...More Button

The HSE is responsible for the provision of addiction services, including treatment. The Health Research Board bulletin ‘Drug Treatment in Ireland 2010 – 2016’, reports that cocaine is the third ...More Button

Strengthening early harm reduction responses to current and emerging trends of drug use, including cocaine and crack cocaine, is a key theme in the national drugs strategy, ‘Reducing Harm, Suppor...More Button

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the dangers of taking cocaine (both powder and crack). This campaign will communicate the risks and dangers of cocaine use to dependent users and...More Button

Drug-related overdoses and other forms of avoidable mortality associated with drug use are a major concern for the national drugs strategy. This is where the greatest share of health costs associat...More Button

Naloxone is an antidote used to reverse the effects of opioid drugs like heroin, morphine and methadone, if someone overdoses. In 2015 the HSE established a Naloxone Demonstration Project, which ...More Button

The demonstration project prevented many fatal overdoses for the individuals involved. The HSE is working to expand the Naloxone programme and will work on training more people in the use of Nal...More Button

Naloxone is a prescription-only medicine that ordinarily can only be supplied on foot of a prescription. There is nothing to prevent a doctor from carrying this medicine, and similarly the friend...More Button

I am committed to expanding the availability of Naloxone to people who use drugs, their peers and family members.More Button

Addiction Treatment Services

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy. More Button

Drug and Alcohol Task Forces

Measuring the overall effectiveness of the response to the drug problem is an important objective of drug policy. Resources are best directed towards interventions and strategies which are most lik...More Button

The national drugs strategy, Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery, commits to operationalising a performance measurement system by 2020. The system is primarily concerned with the overall effects o...More Button

Work is ongoing in the Department, in association with key stakeholders, on the revision of the 'Task Force Handbook'. It is intended that the revised handbook will contribute to improving the ov...More Button

The performance measurement system incorporates a resource allocation model to enable DATF funding to be allocated on a more equitable and rational basis, which takes account of underlying need i...More Button