Drugs Policy and Social Inclusion
We work in partnership with the key Government Departments and agencies and the community and voluntary sectors involved in the delivery of drug policy in order to progress implementation of the Strategy and to ensure an effective response to new and emerging drug trends.
We oversee, coordinate and report on the implementation of the national drugs strategy “Reducing Harm, Supporting recovery: A health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025”, which sets out the direction of government policy on drug and alcohol use until 2025. The strategy provides an integrated public health approach to drug and alcohol use, focussed on promoting healthier lifestyles within society. We oversee service provision and expenditure under the Drugs Initiative subhead and the work of Local and Regional Drugs Task Forces.
The Drugs Policy and Social Inclusion Unit supports the implementation of the strategy through the work of the:
- National Oversight Committee and
- Standing Sub-Committee
We also ensure a coordinated approach to Ireland’s international role and responsibilities in regard to illicit and illegal drugs. We participate in the:
- British Irish Council (BIC) Sectoral Group on Drugs and Alcohol meetings
- EU Horizontal Drugs Group (HDG)
- Council of Europe – Pompidou Group
- Commission on Narcotic Drugs
- European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction