National Drugs Strategy

The problem of drug misuse is tackled in a coordinated and integrated way under the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016  which was developed following a very broad and open public process of consultation across the country.

The Strategy is being delivered, under the stewardship of the Minister of State with responsibility for the Drugs Strategy, Ms Catherine Byrne TD, by a range of government departments and agencies and in partnership with the community and voluntary drug treatment sectors.

The Department of Justice and Equality along with its associated agencies continue to work closely with statutory, community and voluntary partners in tackling the problem of drug misuse under the drug policy framework established under the Strategy. The Department of Health is currently leading the development of a new National Drugs Strategy post-2016.


The aims of the strategy

The Strategy seeks to address the harm caused to individuals and society by drug misuse.  It is designed to tackle the problem in a comprehensive and integrated way by implementing what is known as a ‘pillar based approach’ which incorporates a wide range of drug supply reduction, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and research measures.


The range of actions set out in the Strategy, of which there are 63, continues to facilitate a planned and monitored approach to achieving the overall strategic objective and aims of our drug policy.


Further information:

For further information, see the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy and the structures established to deliver the Strategy


Substance Controls

The designation of substances as controlled substances is the responsibility of the Department of Health under the Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 to 2016.


Treatment Services


Drug Law Enforcement


Drug Resource Links