€1.5 million for a three-year drug prevention and education programme


Minister for Public Health, Wellbeing and National Drug Strategy, Frank Feighan TD, today announced the allocation of €1.5 million for a three-year drug prevention and education programme. 

The Minister said, “This is the first time that national funding has been provided for drug prevention. This initiative will build local and sectoral initiatives, such as Know the Score, and will draw on evidence from Europe to professionalise and elevate the practice of drug prevention in Ireland. In particular, the programme will promote the European Prevention Curriculum and international prevention standards.”

The programme will support prevention across five sectoral themes – Schools, General Youth/Community. Families, Environmental and Third Level Institutions. 

Funding of up to €100,000 a year for three years will be available for drug prevention projects under each theme.