'Pseudo-religious' groups are able to hand out leaflets on drugs and industry-affiliated bodies are free to give talks about alcohol in the current unregulated system, warn drug workers.
The State needs to consider regulating drug education and prevention, according to people working in the sector.
The National Drug Education and Prevention Forum heard that education programmes in schools are “inconsistent” and that some schools are still using “shock” tactics.
Richie Stafford of the Dublin North Regional Drugs Task Force said it is the first time people working in drugs education and prevention have come together.
He said Ireland is behind many European countries, where the State regulates who can provide drug education and set standards in the area.
He said such measures, introduced in countries like the Czech Republic and Spain, have “driven out some of the bad practice”.
Source: Cormac O'Keeffe, 13/06/19