Implementation of best practice and evaluation of effectiveness in demand reduction activities remain rare in Latvia; therefore, it is planned to promote the use of European Drug Prevention Quality Standards in the planning, implementation and evaluation of prevention programmes.
In order to provide methodological support to local governments, the ‘Health Promotion Guidelines for Local Governments’ were approved by the Ministry of Health in 2011 and include a special chapter on drug use prevention. The National Healthy Municipalities’ Network aims to facilitate exchange of best practices and experiences among municipalities and to provide them with methodological support in solving various issues related to public health and health promotion, including drug use prevention at the local level. The Network is maintained by the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control of Latvia.
Substance and drug use topics and harm reduction are included in the training curricula for many professionals, and these issues are also addressed in the continuing education curriculum.
It is planned to promote the use of European Drug Prevention Quality Standards in the planning, implementation and evaluation of prevention programmes