President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday met a delegation from the board of the Anti-Drugs Council to discuss its annual report.
The report contained a review of the implementation of the national strategy to combat illegal drugs and abuse of alcohol. The strategy directs the actions and initiatives of the state until 2020.
According to a statement from the presidential palace, Anastasiades congratulated the council for its recent achievements including the expansion treatment with pharmaceutical support and the systematic implementation of health education in schools when it comes to drugs and alcohol.
He also mentioned the creation of a new electronic communications service for drug users and their families, and the implementation of MoU with the Ministry of Defence, with the aim of preventing the use of addictive substances during military service.
There is also a financial assistance programme for rehabilitation of persons with a history of addiction and one for targeted prevention programmes for high-risk children
“The president pointed out that despite what has been achieved, there is still much that can be done for the effective and comprehensive treatment of the phenomenon,” the palace statement said. Anastasiades also plans to convene a meeting soon of the National Commission on Drugs, which he will chair, to promote the priorities of the national anti-drug policy.