National drug strategy and coordination in Slovenia 2017

Slovenia Country Drug Report 2017

National drug strategy and coordination

National drug strategy

Adopted in 2014, the overarching goal of Slovenia’s National Programme on Illicit Drugs (2014-20) is to reduce and contain the harm caused to individuals, families and society from illicit drug use. The National Programme is built around six pillars: (i) information systems; (ii) drug demand reduction; (iii) supply reduction; (iv) international cooperation; (v) coordination; and (vi) evaluation, research and training/ education. A series of consecutive two-year action plans specifying priorities, actors and timeframes are being used to implement the programme. In addition, several objectives of the National Crime Prevention and Crime Control Strategy address illicit drug issues, such as demand reduction and prevention.

As in other European countries, Slovenia evaluates its drug policy and strategy through ongoing indicator monitoring and specific research projects. The Ministry of Health commissioned two external evaluations of the Resolution on the National Programme in the Area of Drugs (2004-09). The evaluations were completed by a research centre in 2008 and a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in 2010 and considered the operation and implementation the programme; the findings were used in the development of its successor for the period 2014-20.

National coordination mechanisms

The Commission on Narcotic Drugs of the Government of Slovenia is responsible for drug policy at the interministerial level. The Commission promotes and coordinates government policy and programmes, proposes measures and monitors implementation of the provisions of international conventions. It includes representatives from all ministries involved in implementing the programme. The Ministry of Health, which is the Commission’s Secretariat, and the Ministry of Interior are responsible for, respectively, the strategic and operational coordination of the programme, in the areas of drug demand and supply reduction. Within the Ministry of Health, the Health Promotion and Healthy Lifestyles Division is responsible for the day-to-day coordination of drug policy. Local Action Groups are tasked with the coordination of drug policy at the local level and 10 regional coordinators were appointed in 2005.

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.

Adopted in 2014, the overarching goal of Slovenia’s National Programme on Illicit Drugs (2014-20) is to reduce and contain the harm caused to individuals, families and society from illicit drug use


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