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Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery – A health-led response too drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025

An Roinn Sláinte (Department of Health) Government of Ireland Country Resources Substance Abuse Strategies and Plans Ireland 2017 Policy document alcohol, public health

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Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery sets out the Government’s strategy to address the harm caused by substance misuse in our society up to 2025. It identifies a set of key actions to be delivered between 2017 and 2020, and provides an opportunity for the development of further actions from 2021 to 2025 to address needs that may emerge later on in the lifetime of the strategy.

The strategy aims to provide an integrated public health approach to substance misuse. Substance misuse means the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol, illegal drugs and the abuse of prescription medicines. The public consultation which informed the strategy highlighted changing attitudes towards people who use drugs, with calls for drug use to be treated first and foremost as a health issue.

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