Adams calls for dual diagnosis specialist to be funded for Louth Addiction Services
Local TD for Louth Gerry Adams has said that the demand for services by people experiencing addiction has far outstripped levels of provision in Co Louth.
In a statement on the matter today, the Sinn Féin deputy said a dual diagnosis specialist must be funded for Louth Addiction Services.
Deputy Adams said: “I have been working with local HSE and independent addiction counselling groups in Dundalk and across Louth since I was elected .
“They have confirmed the growing scale of drug use in Louth.
“I have queried the Minister for Health on this through a parliamentary question (attached) and he has confirmed to me that the HSE’s addiction services have seen numbers of service users almost double in North Louth since 2014.
“In South Louth numbers have reduced, however on closer inspection this can be attributed to a vacant Outreach Officer position since November 2016.
“The Minister goes on to state that the level of funding to the HSE addiction services has remained stagnant, while demand is demonstrably growing.
“The addiction services team in Louth have requested that a Dual Diagnosis practitioner be funded for the County.
“This individual would work with people who are experiencing mental health difficulties and addiction.
“There is currently no provision for this in Louth.
“Furthermore the HSE has confirmed to me (attached) that the recently established National Clinical Programme for Mental Illness and Substance Abuse is currently drafting a Model of Care for dual diagnosis.
“A component of this will be the establishment of a number of demonstration sites in 2019.
“I have requested that due to demand for services, Louth should be the location of a demonstration site for dual diagnosis.
“There is a major drugs problem in Louth.
“This has led to increased levels of criminality, intimidation and extortion.
“This affects the whole of our community in Louth, from the addicted person and their family to the victims of drug crime.
“People with addiction problems in Louth are seeking help – it is essential that services are there for them to help them recover.”