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NDRDI Steering committee members

In late 2005 the Department of Health and Children and the Department of Justice and Law Reform jointly requested the Health Research Board to establish a National Drug-Related Deaths Index in order to comply with Action 67 of ‘Building on Experience: National Drugs Strategy 2001-2008’. The intention was that the Index would be a census of drug-related deaths and deaths among drug users and would measure the consequences of drug use.

The objective of the National Drug-Related Death Index Committee is as follows:

  • To facilitate the development of the index to ensure a complete and accurate register of direct drug and alcohol-related deaths and deaths among drug users and those who are alcohol dependant.

The activities of the Committee are as follows:

  • To advise on the development of the data collection protocol;
  • To develop a methodology for interpreting inconclusive cases;
  • To provide pathology and toxicology expertise to the researchers.

Data from the National Drug-Related Deaths Index is published on a regular basis by the Health Research Board. The reports can be accessed through the Publications section on Health Research Board’s website.

  • Membership
  • Mr Niall Cullen (Joint Chair), Department of Justice and Law Reform
  • Ms Susan Scally (Joint Chair), Department of Health and Children
  • Dr. Marie Cassidy, State Pathologist
  • Ms Mary Dickinson, Coroners Service Implementation Team
  • Dr. Des Corrigan, Trinity Collage Dublin
  • Dr Yvonne Kavanagh, The State Laboratory
  • Ms Carol Anne Hennessy Central Statistics Office, Cork
  • Mr Philip Keegan, Family Support Network
  • Ms Sadie Grace, Family Support Network
  • Mr Joe Doyle, Health Service Executive
  • Dr Suzi Lyons, NDRDI, Health Research Board
  • Ms Ena Lynn, NDRDI, Health Research Board
  • Ms Sarah Craig, NDRDI,  Health Research Board
  • Professor Joe Barry, Specialist in Public Health/Central Treatment List
  • Dr William Flannery, College of Psychiatrists, Dublin
  • Superintendent Anthony Howard, Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau

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