Resources for Substance Use

Policy, Strategy and Frameworks

Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery:  “A health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland” – 2017 – 2025

National Drugs Strategy (interim)

National Drugs Strategy (2001-2008).

National Drugs Rehabilitation Framework (2010)

National Protocols and Common Assessment Guidelines.

Better Outcomes Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020

Steering Group Report on a National Substance Misuse Strategy.

Research and Reports

The Emergence of New Psychoactive Substance (NPS) Benzodiazepines. A Survey of their Prevalence in Opioid Substitution Patients using LC-MS

Report of the Working Group on Drugs Rehabilitation 2007 

Evaluation Report of the National Drugs Rehabilitation Framework Pilot.

Research Keane, McAleenan and Barry (2014) - research relating to Recovery Academy

Research Keane (2011) - - research relating to Recovery Academy

Needle Exchange Review

Evaluation of the HSE Naloxone Demonstration Project

Homelessness, health and drug use in Dublin 2016

Barriers to progressing through a methadone maintenance treatment programme: perspectives of the clients in the Mid-West of Ireland's drug and alcohol services (Moran, Keane, Elmusharaf 2018)

Recent changes in Europe’s cocaine market: results from an EMCDDA trendspotter study (December, 2018)

Website Links

National Online Directory of Drug and Alcohol Services

Oversight Forum on Drugs

NDRIC is now promoting national participation in the rollout of the Framework with local and regional drugs and alcohol task forces and relevant services. An Online Resource Library of templates and policies can be accessed on These tools were developed by some of the sites that engaged in the national pilot to put in place the National Drugs Rehabilitation Framework.

Recovery Academy website

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Resource Materials

Opening Our Eyes to Hidden Harm - leaflet