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Listen: State To Retain Midwives With Special Training In Addiction Services.

: 07/17/2017 - 16:11

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:

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Image: (L to R) Health Minister, Simon Harrish, Minister of State with responsibility for drugs, Catherine Byrne and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.  Photo: Eamonn Farrell/

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