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National Drugs Strategy 2001 - 2008


Department of Health (Ireland)

Subject Keywords: Drugs misuse
Catalogue: Policy
Policies, Strategies & Action plans
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

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In April 2000, the Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion requested that a review of the current national drugs strategy be undertaken. The overall objective of the review was to identify any gaps or deficiencies in the existing strategy and to develop revised strategies and, if necessary, new arrangements through which to deliver them. A sub-group of the Inter-Departmental Group on Drugs and the National Drugs Strategy Team â?" known as the Review Group â?" managed and oversaw the process. As part of the review, a study of the latest available data on the extent and
nature of drug misuse in Ireland was undertaken.

This revealed that the most commonly used drug in Ireland is cannabis, followed by ecstasy. However, in terms of harm to the individual and the community, heroin has the greatest impact.

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Suggested citation:

Department of Health (Ireland). (2001) National Drugs Strategy 2001 - 2008 [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 8th April 2020].


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