Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery 2017-2025

Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery was published on the 17th July 2017. The foundation for the strategy is the Healthy Ireland Framework, and it aims to promote healthier lifestyles within society and encourage people to make healthier choices around drug and alcohol use.

The vision of the strategy is to create a “healthier and safer Ireland, where public health and safety is protected and the harms caused to individuals, families and communities by substance misuse are reduced and every person affected by substance use is empowered to improve their health and wellbeing and quality of life”.  To realise this vision, five strategic goals have been identified:

  1. Promote and protect health and wellbeing.
  2. Minimise the harms caused by the use and misuse of substances and promote rehabilitation and recovery.
  3. Address the harms of drug markets and reduce access to drugs for harmful use
  4. Support participation of individuals, families and communities.
  5. Develop sound and comprehensive evidence-informed policies and actions.

The strategy contains a 50 point Action Plan from 2017 to 2020, and provides the scope to develop further actions between 2021 and 2025 to ensure the continued relevance of the strategy to emerging needs into the future.

A National Oversight Committee, chaired by the Minister with responsibility for the national drugs strategy, meets quarterly to give leadership and direction to support implementation of the strategy.

A Standing Sub-Committee of the National Oversight Committee drives the implementation of the strategy and promotes coordination between national, local and regional levels.

Local and Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Forces play a key role in assessing the extent and nature of the problem in their areas and coordinating action at local level.