PQ's on Substance Use

January 

To ask the Minister for Health if pay restoration applies to posts established by the drug and alcohol task forces and funded through the HSE with interim funding for the purpose of its costing exercise for pay restoration; if the HSE included all the posts and projects as section 39 funded (details supplied); if the HSE and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform are committed to providing the additional funding needed to pay for pay restoration; if not, if the HSE is expecting the projects to find the funding from elsewhere; and if pay restoration is part of the deal as described in the media recently.

PQ 44993-20 (Pay restoration to D&ATFs)

To ask the Minister for Health the previously mentioned gambling addiction support services funded by the HSE; the funding streams they are supported under; and the way in which similar services can apply for this funding.

PQ 2784-21 (Gambling addiction support services)

To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons on a waiting list for a drug or alcohol detox bed by CHO and age category; and the breakdown by the length of time they have been waiting in tabular form.

PQ 3932-21 (Drug alcohol detox waiting times)

February

To ask the Minister for Health the number of needle exchanges and their operating hours by county in 2019 and 2020, respectively. 

PQ 6418 21 (no. of needle exchanges & operating hours)

To ask the Minister for Health the number of community development workers funded by his Department to work in addiction services in each of the years 2010 to 2020, in tabular form 

PQ 6450 21 (no. of Community development workers in addiction services)

To ask the Minister for Health the estimated number of addiction workers employed both publicly and as section 39 workers currently.

PQ 6464 21 no. of addiction workers)

To ask the Minister for Health the funding or assistance available for a person who has limited financial needs but needs to go to a treatment centre for alcohol; and if he will make a statement on the matter. 

PQ 6478-21 (funding available towards treatment for alcohol)

To ask the Minister for Health the estimated annual cost of needle exchanges by taskforce. 

PQ 6465 21 (annual cost of needle exchanges)

To ask the Minister for Health if community prison links workers can be included in the section 39 pay restoration process 

PQ 5045-21 (Prison link workers - Sn 39 Pay restoration)

To ask the Minister for Health the number of addiction councillors currently employed by the HSE and as section 39 workers, respectively.

PQ 6471-21 (No. of addiction counsellors)

To ask the Minister for Health if details will be provided of active addiction support services and the funding allocated to each in 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021, in tabular form

PQ 9861-21 (addiction support services funding)

To ask the Minister for Health the additional resources his Department will make available to effectively tackle the substantial increase in drug misuse by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

PQ 9861-21 (addiction support services funding)

To ask the Minister for Health if the HSE has issued guidelines to methadone dispensaries regarding takeaway methadone; and, if so, if the guidance issued will be provided.

PQ 10036-21 (guidelines for taleaway methadone)

March 

To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons waiting for periods of time (details supplied) for access to residential rehabilitation or detoxification treatment from March 2019 to date.

PQ 14107-21 (Waiting periods for Residential Rehab &Detox)

To ask the Minister for Health the average wait time by facilities for residential rehabilitation or detoxification treatment in March 2020 and 2021, in tabular form. 

PQ 14284-21 (Residential rehab detox waiting times)

To ask the Minister for Health the estimated cost of establishing a needle exchange service.

To ask the Minister for Health the estimated cost of staffing and running a needle exchange service.

PQ 14897-21 PQ 14898-21 (Needle Exchange service)

April

To ask the Minister for Health the number of patients on methadone maintenance therapy in each county; the length of time patients spend on such therapy on average by county; and the supports available to help persons become fully drug free by county.

PQ 19917-21 (methodone maintainance)

To ask the Minister for Health the average wait time for persons to access gambling addiction counselling by quarter in each of the years 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021; and the number of persons who accessed the service in tabular form.

To ask the Minister for Health the average wait time for persons to access gambling addiction residential treatment by quarter in each of the years 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021 including the number of persons who accessed the service in tabular form.

To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons who presented to the HSE with a gambling addiction in each of the years 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021, by month.

PQs 19312-21 19313-21 19314-21 (Gambling addiction)