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  • Minister for Drugs welcomes new Drug Treatment Services in Ireland to be developed across the South of the country

    Posted on October 13th, 2009 TimB No comments

    Minister for Drugs, John Curran, T.D., warmly welcomed the today’s HSE announcement of the planned provision of substantially increased Drug Treatment Services at locations across the South of the country from Wexford to Kerry.  The Minister, who attended the announcement in Cork today, confirmed that the initiatives are being part-funded by the Office of the Minister for Drugs.

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  • Over €1 million to tackle heroin use in HSE South region

    Posted on October 10th, 2009 TimB No comments

    Over one million euro in funding has been allocated to help tackle heroin use in the HSE South region. The announcement was made by the Drugs Minister John Curran who opened the Getting a Grip Conference, organised by the Southern Regional Drugs Taskforce, in Killarney.

    The funding which has been made available under the National Drugs Strategy will focus on addiction services and will include a new methadone clinic in Tralee. Extra bed spaces and counselling services are also due to come on stream across the region. Minister Curran says attitudes towards drug use must change:

    Radio Kerry News

  • There’s a lesson from Lisbon that has nothing to do with that treaty

    Posted on September 16th, 2009 TimB No comments

    Drug use remains illegal in Portugal. People are still stopped by the police and have their drugs confiscated. But drug use there is seen as a health, not a judicial, issue. Crucially, anyone caught with less than what is determined to be a 10-day personal supply is not arrested and does not face jail

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  • Can the new National Drugs Strategy work within the current financial restraints?

    Posted on September 15th, 2009 TimB No comments

    Who could find fault with the aims of the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 published last week?

    If it fulfills its promises, we will soon be living in a country where every problem drug user gets treatment within one month of assessment. There will be 25 per cent more residential rehabilitation places.

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  • Demon drink finally becomes a demon drug

    Posted on September 14th, 2009 TimB No comments

    It may well have slipped under the radar, but there was a moment last week that may well turn out to be as significant as anything to do with Nama or Lisbon II.

    At the launch by Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Minister for Drugs John Curran last Wednesday of a new strategy for dealing with the growing drugs crisis, the 63 recommendations included measures to do with alcohol.

    No doubt much to the chagrin of our native drinks industry, here was alcohol, at long last, designated as a drug, featuring alongside cannabis, cocaine and heroin – and in an official document too.

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  • Video Footage of the launch of the National Drugs Strategy

    Posted on September 13th, 2009 TimB No comments

    Minister of State, John Curran T.D., at the launch of the National Drug Strategy 2009 – 2016, 10/09/2009.


  • Alcohol to be included in new drugs strategy from next year

    Posted on April 30th, 2009 TimB No comments

    The Irish Times has reported that alcohol will be included in a new drugs strategy next year, while the current strategy is expected to finally go to Cabinet by the end of May or early June this year, the Dáil has been told.

    Minister of State for Community Affairs John Curran said the delay in publishing the strategy was because there was “much interest” in the relationship between alcohol and drugs.

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  • Task force chiefs threaten to quit

    Posted on April 14th, 2009 inef No comments

    The Irish Examiner has an article about the chairpersons of the 14 Local Drugs Task Forces (LDTF) are not happy with proposals in the National Drugs Strategy.

    “This change will have a seriously detrimental impact on the Drugs Task Forces. Further, the responsibilities envisaged for LDTF chairpersons in the document (the draft drugs strategy) is not feasible and, if introduced as set out, the majority of voluntary LDTF chairpersons have confirmed they will resign from their current position.”

    The full Irish Examiner article can be found here.

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