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Report of the National Substance Misuse Strategy Steering Group

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The much-anticipated report of the National Substance Misuse Strategy Steering Group was launched earlier today at a media briefing held in Department of Health Offices, Dublin.

The report was officially launched by Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, and Chairman of the National Substance Misuse Strategy Steering Group.

Opening the proceedings, Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care and Drugs Strategy, Roisin Shortall, stated: “the report is a very welcome contribution to the debate, which I hope will get underway now in relation to our relationship in this country with alcohol. I believe that the time is right now, for us to move forward in a mature way in addressing the difficulties that alcohol causes in our society, and to draw up an action plan to deal with that in a comprehensive way”.

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The programme for Government commits to having a “National Addiction Strategy” dealing with both drugs and alcohol.

The government decided in 2009 to include alcohol in a National Substance Misuse Strategy. Arising from this decision, as steering Group chaired by the Department of Health (originally the Steering Group was jointly chaired by the Department of Health & Children and the department of Community, rural & Gaeltacht Affairs) was established to advise Ministers on a new strategy.

Today’s launch marks the conclusion of the work of that Steering Group.

Main recommendations

The main recommendations in the report, as listed below, are outlined under the pillars of the National Substance Misuse Strategy: supply; prevention; treatment and rehabilitation; research.



Treatment and Rehabilitation


Collect data on alcohol for:

Monitoring and Implementation

Periodic review of strategy implementation

Next steps

Minister Shortall hoped that the report would contribute towards constructive debate with irish society in relation to our relationship with alcohol.

She plans to bring the report to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children later this month.

It is then intended to produce an action plan, informed by this report, and a recent Oireachtas report on the misuse of alcohol and other drugs, to “achieve political support across the political spectrum”. 

When questioned by members of the media in relation to the steering groups’ level of confidence that the report will become official Government strategy, Dr. Holohan expressed confidence that “it will”.

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