National drug strategy and coordination in Cyprus 2017

Cyprus Country Drug Report 2017

National drug strategy and coordination

National drug strategy

Cyprus’s National Strategy on Illicit Substances Dependence and the Harmful Use of Alcohol provides the overarching political framework and priorities for the period 2013-20. It aims to reduce the demand for and supply of drugs and reduce the health and social risks and harms caused by drugs and alcohol. The strategy is built around five pillars: prevention; treatment and social reintegration; harm reduction; supply control and regulation; and international cooperation. The framework, aims and objectives of the strategy also form two consecutive four-year action plans covering 2013-16 and 2017-20.

In a similar way to other European countries, Cyprus evaluates its drug policy and strategy through ongoing indicator monitoring and specific research projects. A midterm evaluation of the 2013-20 national strategy will be undertaken in 2017. Previously, a final external evaluation of the implementation of the 2009-12 action plan was completed.

Focus of national drug strategy documents: illicit drugs or broader

NB Year of data 2015. Strategies with broader focus may include, for example, licit drugs and other addictions.

National coordination mechanisms

The Inter-Ministerial Drugs Committee is responsible for coordination among government ministries. It is chaired by the President of the Republic and comprises six ministers from the Ministries of Health; Interior; Justice and Public Order; Education and Culture; Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance; and Defence. Strategic and operational coordination is carried out by the Cyprus Anti-Drugs Council (CAC). The CAC is presided over by a chairperson, who is appointed by the President of the Republic and also acts as the National Drug Coordinator; the CAC has seven members, who are nominated by the Council of Ministers. The CAC is responsible for the planning, implementation, supervision and monitoring of the national strategy.

Cyprus’s strategy aims to reduce the demand for and supply of drugs and the health and social risks and harms caused by drugs and alcohol


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