Public Consultation on the National Substance Misuse Strategy 2009 – 2016
Department of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs and Department of Health & Children
National Substance Misuse Strategy 2009 – 2016
Call For Submissions
The Government has decided to develop a National Substance Misuse Strategy to incorporate policy in relation to drugs and alcohol. The drugs policy element of this Strategy has already been agreed and published as the ‘interim’ National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016.
A Steering Group has been established to develop alcohol policies for an overall National Substance Misuse Strategy to cover the period up to 2016. This Group, jointly chaired by the Departments of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs and Health & Children, comprising representatives of the key statutory, community, voluntary and industry sectors, will develop proposals in this regard, for submission to Government.
To assist the Steering Group in defining the strategic direction that it should take in relation to alcohol policy over the coming years, interested parties are invited to submit views regarding the content of the integrated National Substance Misuse Strategy.
How to Submit
Submissions (electronic format favoured) should be sent before Friday 22nd January 2010, to:
Ms Linda O’Rourke
Office of the Minister for Drugs
Department of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs
43-49 Mespil Road
Terms of Reference
The Steering Group will:
having reviewed existing policies and reports, including at EU and
international level, set out an evidence-based framework which identifies
effective policies and actions to tackle the harm caused to individuals and
society by alcohol use and misuse.
decide on appropriate structures and frameworks for an effective and efficient
implementation plan for the National Substance Misuse Strategy.
align, as far as possible, these policies and actions with the existing 5 pillars of
the National Drugs Strategy – supply, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and
make proposals for an overall National Substance Misuse Strategy to
incorporate the interim National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016.
submit proposals in regard to such a National Substance Misuse Strategy to
the Minister for Health & Children and the Minister for Drugs by the end of
October 2010. Thereafter the proposals will be submitted to Government by
the end of 2010.