National Program on Counteracting Drug Addiction

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NATIONAL PROGRAM ON COUNTERACTING DRUG ADDICTION (NPCDA) – is an element of the National Health Program that constitutes the foundation for actions within the scope of counteracting drug addiction in Poland. It describes priority directions, areas and types of actions regarding counteracting drug addiction (together with the detailed schedule of their implementation), goals and ways of achieving them and indicates all parties responsible for each task on central and local-government levels. Engaging different parties allows to implement comprehensive actions aiming at preventing the development of drug addiction in Poland. NPCDA consists of six main areas, which are: 1. health education, 2. development of staff, 3. prevention, 4. treatment, rehabilitation; reduction of health damage and social reintegration, 5. conducting research and monitoring the epidemiological situation regarding use of intoxicating substances, 6. international cooperation. Each main area defines detailed goals and directions of action. The agency responsible for implementing the NPCDA is the → National Bureau for Drug Prevention. On voivodship and municipal levels, the voivodship and municipal programmes on counteracting drug addictions are enacted by voivodship council and municipal council. The executive body of voivodship self-government on counteracting drug addiction: 1. is responsible for preparation, implementation and coordination of the regional program; 2. provides substantial assistance to entities carrying out the tasks covered by the program; 3. cooperates with other public administration bodies. Counteracting drug addiction is a responsibility of the municipalities, they are obliged to: provide therapeutic and rehabilitation assistance to persons addicted and vulnerable to addiction; provide legal, psychological and social assistance to persons and families affected by drug addiction; carry out preventive, informative, educational and training activities; support initiatives for solving drug addiction; integrate persons affected by drug addiction with local community [ A. Bejma ].

Literature: M.D. Głowacka, J. Zdanowska, Zdrowie publiczne w Polsce, Warszawa 2013.