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Written Answers. - Drug Treatment Services.

Wednesday, 8 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 No. 1

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 79. Mr. Lenihan Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan  asked the Minister for Health Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan  the number of places for the detoxification of minors who are habitual non-injection drug abusers. [9231/96]

Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan,: Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan Limerick East): The provision of drug treatment services is a matter for the health boards in the first instance.

Detoxification services can be provided to drug misusers on an inpatient or an outpatient basis. Inpatient detoxification beds are not specifically designated to adults or to minors, but are allocated on the basis of medical need. There is no distinction made by the drug treatment services between non-injecting and injecting drug misusers in regard to the provision of detoxification facilities.

There are 20 impatient detoxification beds — ten in Beaumont Hospital and ten, to be increased in June to 15, in Cherry Orchard Hospital. Inpatient [118] detoxification facilities are also provided in a number of health board psychiatric hospitals.

Outpatient detoxification facilities are available through the four drug treatment clinics in Dublin, in some psychiatric hospitals and, in some instances, through general practitioners.

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