The State is to hire new midwives with special training in addiction services, to help deal with the problem of babies being born with addictions.
The move is part of a new National Drugs Strategy which could see criminal charges abandoned for people caught with a small amount of drugs for personal use.
The plan also includes attempts to educate children about the dangers of addiction earlier in life.
Health minister Simon Harris says that's a reliable way of preventing problems in future:
Image: (L to R) Health Minister, Simon Harrish, Minister of State with responsibility for drugs, Catherine Byrne and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie