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A new public consultation has been launched which invites the general public to give their views on the effectiveness of the current law around the possession of illegal drugs for personal use. The consultation will also seek suggestions with regards to any alternatives that could be considered to tackle this issue.
The purpose of this public consultation is to aid a Working Group set up under ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery’ to examine alternative approaches for personal possession of illegal drugs.

Minister Catherine Byrne encourages anybody with an interest in this issue to participate in the consultation. She is especially anxious to hear the views of young people and families who may be impacted by the current legislation.

The consultation can be accessed via an online questionnaire at https://health.gov.ie/consultations . The questionnaire can be accessed on phone, tablet or computer and should take less than 15 minutes to complete. The public consultation will end on the 30thJune.

For online discussions about this consultation follow @roinnslainte for updates or search the hashtag #HaveYourSay.


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