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.

Work Programme

Drug Use in Ireland and Northern Ireland: Drug Prevalence Survey 2014/15

  • To fulfill Action 49 of National Drugs Strategy where NACDA is designated as the lead body for establishing prevalence and patterns of drug use amongst the general population and where data is used to inform progress on key epidemiological indicators reported to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)
  • Following a competitive tender process, Ipsos MRBI were commissioned to carry out the field work for the Drug Use in Ireland & Northern Ireland: Drug Prevalence Survey 2014/15 on behalf of NACDA.

Research into Methods and Data Sources for the Estimation of Prevalence of Problematic Opiate and Cocaine Use in Ireland

  • To fulfil Action 49 of National Drugs Strategy as above.
  • Liverpool John Moore's University successfully tendered for the contract to Estimate the Prevalence of Problematic Opiate Use in Ireland.


The NACDA has an established a sub-committee structure to facilitate the development and implementation of it's work programme.

  • Early Warning Emerging Trends
  • Prevalence and Prevention
  • Treatment, Rehabilitation and Consequences

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