Slovenia Country Drug Report 2019

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 action plans specifying priorities, stakeholders and time frames are being used to implement the programme, with the current one covering the period 2017-18. 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 on-going 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 in 2010 and considered the operation and implementation of the programme; the findings were used in the development of its successor for the period 2014-20. A mixed-methods process and outcome evaluation of the 2015-16 action plan was undertaken by the Ministry of Health.


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 the 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.

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Methodological note: Analysis of trends is based only on those countries providing sufficient data to describe changes over the period specified. The reader should also be aware that monitoring patterns and trends in a hidden and stigmatised behaviour like drug use is both practically and methodologically challenging. For this reason, multiple sources of data are used for the purposes of analysis in this report. Caution is therefore required in interpretation, in particular when countries are compared on any single measure. Detailed information on methodology and caveats and comments on the limitations in the information set available can be found in the EMCDDA Statistical Bulletin.