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Strategy against drugs

The Minister of State at the Department of Health, Alex White, told Maureen O’Sullivan (ind, Dublin central) that he had arranged a series of bilateral meetings with voluntary and community organizations and drugs task forces to discuss how to maintain and strengthen the interagency approach to the National Drugs Strategy (Dail Eireann, Debates, 26th September 2013, 1011-2012). The remit of the task forces would be extended to include alcohol addiction and there would be a National Coordinating Committee for Drug and Alcohol Task Forces to replace the Drugs Advisory Group which had met twice since September 2012.  The Oversight Forum on Drugs, which he envisaged continuing, had met four times.