The Probation Service welcomes the launch of the National Drugs Strategy 2017 -2025
17 July 2017
The Probation Service welcomes the launch of the National Drugs Strategy “Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery – a health led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025”, the focus of which is to create a ‘healthier and safer’ Ireland. The Probation Service believes that the misuse of substances, particularly alcohol and / or illegal substances is harmful to the individual, can lead to an increase in criminal activity and can cause victimisation in the community, particularly in those areas that experience socio – economic deprivation.
Speaking following the launch of the National Drugs Strategy, Vivian Geiran, Director of the Probation Service said “There is a clear association between substance misuse and offending behaviour, which highlights the importance of providing effective interventions through community based sanctions such as Probation Supervision, as well as in custody and after release. The Probation Service endeavours to assist Service Users in identifying and understanding the impact of substance misuse on their lives and the association with offending behaviour. In turn, we provide motivation and targeted interventions to facilitate positive change.”
The Probation Service continues to build on interagency co-operation in addressing substance misuse in communities through its representation on Alcohol / Drug Task Forces. In addition to funding eighteen community based organisations, whose primary focus is on drug and alcohol treatment, the Service also provides funding to a range of other community based organisations providing substance misuse interventions as part of their overall remit.
In order to progress the National Drug Strategy actions, The Probation Service has developed its own specific Substance Misuse Strategy (2017 - 18) to facilitate an effective and targeted response to substance misuse among our Service Users.
For more information, contact:
Mr. Dave Kenny
Regional Manager (with lead responsibility for Probation Service responses to substance misuse)
Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery - a health led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025