Lithuania Country Drug Report 2017

National drug strategy and coordination

National drug strategy

The Lithuanian National Programme on Drug Control and Prevention of Drug Addiction 2010-16 was endorsed by parliament in 2010. The overarching goal of the programme is to reduce the supply of and demand for illicit drugs and psychotropic substances and their precursors and to stop the spread of drug dependence by strengthening individual and public education, health and safety. Several priorities were included in the national programme, which addressed drug demand reduction, in particular among children and young people; drug supply reduction; drug use monitoring; the provision of information; and coordination and international cooperation. The programme was constructed around two pillars covering the areas of supply and demand reduction and two cross-cutting themes focusing on coordination and cooperation, and on information and research. The programme was concerned primarily with illicit drugs. Since 2015, the strategy has been implemented as part of the Interinstitutional Action Plan for Prevention of Drugs, Tobacco and Alcohol 2015-17, which was approved in 2015

Like other European countries, Lithuania evaluates its drug policy and strategy through ongoing indicator monitoring and specific research projects. A final evaluation of the National Programme on Drug Control and Prevention of Drug Addiction 2010-16 and its implementation through the Interinstitutional Action Plan for Prevention of Drugs, Tobacco and Alcohol 2015-17 is planned. The Action Plan sets out a range of goals, objectives and measures, details of planned financial resources, a set of measures to be undertaken and the institutions responsible for them and a set of evaluation criteria.

National coordination mechanisms

The Commission for Prevention of Drug Addiction and Alcohol Dependence is a permanent body of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania. It is responsible for forming and overseeing the implementation of policy and of the National Programme on Drug Control and Prevention of Drug Addiction. The Department of Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control is responsible for the strategic and operational coordination of both the National Programme and the Interinstitutional Action Plan. It is tasked with participating in the formulation of public policy on drugs, tobacco and alcohol control and its implementation; coordinating and monitoring the activities of national authorities involved in precursor chemical, tobacco and alcohol control; preparing national alcohol, tobacco and drug control and prevention programmes and coordinating their implementation; organising and coordinating the risk assessment of new psychoactive substances (NPS); licensing of the wholesale production of tobacco and alcohol and the licensing of the production of drug precursors; and functioning as the national focal point for the EMCDDA. At a local level, around two thirds of municipalities have a Municipality Drug Control Commission; in other municipalities, drug control functions are carried out by other commissions..

Focus of national drug strategy documents: illicit drugs or broader

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


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