Written Answers - Banned Substances.

Thursday, 16 February 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 614 No. 80

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  94.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   if, arising from the banning of the sale of magic mushrooms, she is concerned about the possibility of people attempting to source these mushrooms themselves; if she will consider some public health education initiative to warn of the dangers of such substances; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6116/06]

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Mr. S. Power): Information on Seán Power  Zoom on Seán Power  The Deputy’s question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which includes the development and implementation of drug awareness campaigns. These are now the responsibility of the Health Service Executive which was established under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the parliamentary affairs division of the executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

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