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Consultation on Personal Possession of Illegal Drugs

Consultation on Personal Possession of Illegal Drugs

The National Drug Strategy ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery' a health led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017 - 2025 lays out the direction of government policy on drug and alcohol use until 2025. The strategy aims to provide an integrated public health approach to drug and alcohol use, focused on promoting healthier lifestyles within society.

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.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar launching 'Reducing Harm Supporting Recovery', July 2017. 

In December 2017, a Working Group was established under the strategy to examine alternative approaches for the possession of illegal drugs for personal use.Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan chairs the group and membership includes government officials, legal experts, people with experience of using drugs, representation from An Garda Síochána, Probation Service and the Health Service. The Working Group will make recommendations to the Ministers for Health and Justice and Equality within 12 months.

On the 31st of May 2018, a public consultation was launched on the possession of illegal drugs for personal use. The purpose of the consultation is to obtain the views of the public on the effectiveness of the current law and on what alternatives could be considered. The public consultation will inform the deliberations of the Government Working Group that will examine alternative approaches for personal possession of illegal drugs.

Have Your Say – complete the online questionnaire:

Personal Possession of Illegal Drugs

The questionnaire can be accessed on phone, tablet or computer and should take less than 15 minutes to complete.
Closing date: 13th July 2018

Responses to this consultation are subject to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, 2014.

Source: The Department of Health

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