National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol

The NACDA was established in response to the drug problem to assist in our continued need to improve our knowledge and understanding of problem drug use.

The goal of the NACDA is to advise the Government on problem drug use in Ireland in relation to prevalence, prevention consequences and treatment based on our analysis and interpretation of research findings.


The principal functions of the NACDA are to:

  • Review current information and research capacity
  • Identify gaps in our knowledge and understanding
  • Ensure better use of information available from all sectors
  • Provide analysis and interpretation of research findings
  • Respond to Government requests to research issues of relevance to policy
  • Work with the Drug Misuse Research Division of the Health Research Board and assist with the establishment of a National Documentation Centre
  • Implement the three year programme of research and evaluation, liaising with all the relevant agencies and avoiding duplication of work; co-ordinate and advise on appropriate research projects; commission research projects
  • Promote and encourage debate through the dissemination of research findings.
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