Basic Activities and Responsibilities
The Cyprus Anti-Drugs Council is the supreme state authority responsible for the coordination, implementation and regulation of all issues in the field of substance use.
The Council consists of nine members: the Chairperson, appointed by the President of the Republic, the President of the Cyprus Youth Board, as the vice-chair, and seven members appointed by the Council of Ministers, on the basis of their scientific grounding and/or specialized knowledge in the field of drugs.
The main objectives of the Cyprus Anti-Drugs Council are:
- Drafting of the national strategy and action plan on drugs and other psychoactive substances, and the promotion, monitoring and control of its implementation.
- Coordination of all activities regarding psychoactive substances by the various government services or NGO agencies or private sector.
- Promotion of legislative and other measures harmonized with European and international strategies and policies.
- Promotion of dissemination of accurate and correct information to the public in a uniform and scientifically responsible manner regarding the problem of drugs and other psychoactive substances.
- Accreditation, evaluation, funding (where possible), coordination and reinforcement of all programmes, actions, and activities related to psychoactive substances by both governmental services and NGOs.
- Drawing up of philosophical and methodological approach and the guidelines and operation specifications of each programme, determining the aims and activities of each programme on the basis of the national strategy.
- Development of cooperation with corresponding European Bodies and International Organizations.
- Design and promotion of special educational programmes for training government officers, private individuals, and volunteers on issues related to drugs and other addictive substances, in cooperation with university level educational and research institutes.
- Ensuring on-going monitoring aimed at detecting any direct or indirect promotion or advertising of drug use and the use other psychoactive substances.
The National Monitoring Centre for drugs and drug addiction focuses mainly on the collection, analysis, study and evaluation of data as regards to: (a) the prevalence of illicit drug use among the general and student population, (b) the extend of problematic use, (c) treatment, (d) contagious diseases and (e) deaths related to illicit drug use.
The CMCDDA operates under the guidance of the Scientific Committee, which provides scientific support for the development of actions as well as provides supervision of the activities that are carried out.