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

HSE Safer Nightlife Programme 2022, Results from ‘back of house’ drug testing

Recreational use of nitrous oxide – a growing concern for Europe

Irish syringe analysis pilot project. The identification of current injecting trends in the Dublin and Midland region through the application of syringe analysis methodology.

European Web Survey on Drugs Irish Findings

Naloxone Administration by Addiction & Homeless Service Providers in Ireland: 2018-2020, Drug Insights Report

Infographic re: Naloxone Administration by Addiction & Homeless Service Providers in Ireland: 2018-2020, Drug Insights Report 

Drug Insights Report 1, Drug-related Deaths in Ireland: Key Patterns and Trends 2008-2017

Report of the Emerging Drug Trends and Drug Checking Working Group 2021

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.