Hungary’s National Anti-Drug Strategy 2013-20, entitled ‘Clear consciousness, sobriety and fight against drug crime’, focuses on illicit drugs and was adopted in 2013. It is based on five core values: the right to life, human dignity and health; personal and community responsibility; community action; cooperation; and an evidence-base. The strategy addresses three areas of intervention: (i) health development and drug prevention; (ii) treatment, care and recovery; and (iii) supply reduction. The strategy outlines indicators for monitoring its implementation and the organisations responsible for collecting information. The Policy Program, which is an action plan, supports the implementation of the strategy and was adopted by the government in a decree in 2015.
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.
Like other European countries, Hungary evaluates its drug policy and strategy using ongoing indicator monitoring and specific research projects. In the past, external interim and final evaluations of the first national drug strategy for 2000-09 were undertaken.
The Inter-ministerial Coordination Committee on Drug Affairs (CICDA) advises the government and is chaired by the Secretary of State for Social Affairs and Social Inclusion. It includes representatives from all relevant ministries and national institutions. The National Drug Prevention Coordination Unit is part of the Department for Social and Child Welfare Services. It is responsible for operational and strategic coordination at the national level and the implementation of the drug strategy. The National Office for Rehabilitation and Social Affairs supports the activities of the Coordination Forums on Drug Affairs (KEFs), which are tasked with operational and strategic coordination at local levels. It assists the coordination forums with programmes in the area of prevention and facilitates drug-related research and information dissemination.
Hungary’s National Anti-Drug Strategy 2013-20 is based on five core values: the right to life, human dignity and health; personal and community responsibility; community action; cooperation; and a scientific basis