Drug users to be given health warnings if caught by gardaí under new plans

The move is part of a new ‘health-led’ approach to the issue of drug

Hildegarde Naughton, the Minister of State for the national drugs strategy, said alternatives to coercive sanctions for drug-related offences will be promoted. Picture: Collins

Drug users will be given health warnings instead of being prosecuted under new government plans.

The Gardaí and the HSE are going to set up a new IT system so that people caught in possession of small amounts of drugs can be referred to a health practitioner.

The HSE is then going to recruit specially trained staff to give health warnings and advice to users about how to deal with their drug use.

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