“Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery – a health led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025” has been officially launched by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. This strategy sets the direction for drug and alcohol policy in Ireland until 2025, underpinned by an integrated public health approach.
Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery aims to reduce the harms caused by drug and alcohol misuse through five goals:
- Promote and protect health and wellbeing;
- Minimise the harms caused by the use and misuse of substances and promote rehabilitation and recovery;
- Address the harms of drug markets and reduce access to drugs for harmful use;
- Support participation of individuals, families, and communities; and
- Develop sound and comprehensive evidence-informed policies and actions.
The initiative marks a significant juncture in Irish public policy. Drug and alcohol policy are, for the first time, presented together as part an integrated Strategy. Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery also outlines a range of new public health-oriented measures, including the establishment of a pilot supervised injecting facility, the creation of a Working Group to examine potential reforms to the possession of small quantities of illegal drugs, and funding for a programme to promote local awareness of the harms associated with alcohol misuse.
Read more about IPH work on drug and alcohol policy here