National Strategy

The NAAC is the state’s supreme coordinating body in developing the national drugs policy and the treatment of addiction, and in the framework of its responsibilities and in co-operation with all national state and non-governmental bodies, is responsible for planning, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the National Strategy on illicit substances and other addictive substances.

In the framework of its responsibilities, NAAC submitted the new National Strategy for Addressing Dependence on Illicit Substances and the Harmful Use of Alcohol 2013-2020 to the Council of Ministers in January 2013, where it was approved.

The National Strategy for Addressing Dependence on Illicit Substances and the Harmful Use of Alcohol 2013-2020, constitutes the main policy document on addictions and directs the actions and initiatives of the State of Cyprus for the next eight years. It is a coherent and comprehensive policy, which succeeds the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2012, aiming to shape the framework, set policy directions and coordinate the implementation of efforts at a local level and initiatives to tackle illicit substances use and dependence, to manage harmful alcohol use and to manage dependence on licit substances. Special emphasis is also put on enhancing, expanding and upgrading transnational cooperation at an international level. Planning in this context aims to implement policies, measures and interventions, based on scientifically documented practices that, at the same time, make the most of human and financial resources.

Most importantly, the National Strategy 2013 -2020 aims to change the perception of dependence in Cyprus, by diverting the focus of its philosophy, structure and organisation onto the person – thereby countering the tendency to mass respond to public health challenges imposed by the reality of the economic crisis.

You can find out more on the National Strategy 2013-2020 here.

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