Marshalled List of Amendments - 19 April 2024

Item 6: Order Paper 26/22-27 – Tuesday 23 April 2024

Motion: Addiction and Drug-related Deaths


That this Assembly notes with concern NISRA's 2024 report on Drug-Related and Drug Misuse Deaths, which found a significant increase in the number of deaths attributed to drugs and alcohol; further notes the intrinsic connection between social deprivation, poverty, isolation, mental health and addiction issues; acknowledges with concern the NISRA figures which show that drug related deaths are highest among 25-34 year olds, are five and a half times more likely in areas of highest deprivation and that opioids are consistently the most common form of drug listed as cause of deaths; and calls on the Minister of Health, in co-operation with the Executive Ministerial Committee for Public Health, to urgently implement the provisions aimed at harm prevention, harm reduction and tackling addiction within the Substance Use Strategy 2021-31, including developing plans for a new residential rehabilitation unit in Belfast.

[Miss Órlaithí Flynn]

[Ms Liz Kimmins]

[Mrs Linda Dillon]

Amendment 1

Leave out all after ‘including’ and insert:

‘plans to develop a residential rehabilitation service in a regionally strategic location; and further calls on the Executive to commit to providing appropriate subsequent resources in the 2024-25 budget for the Department of Health.’

[Mr Alan Chambers]

[Mr Tom Elliott]

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