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 aim of the prevalence sub-committee is:

  • To determine the size and nature of drug problems in Ireland
  • To determine the extent and nature of opiate use, poly-drug use and patterns of drug use (experimental, occasional, regular, non-medical and problem use) particularly among young people under 25
  • To identify emerging trends and geographical spread
  • To determine the extent and nature of problem use of prescription drugs To determine the prevalence of drug misusers not in contact with treatment services

Published Research:

General Population Study on Drug Use in Ireland and Northern Ireland 2002/2003

A series of bulletins;( First Results, Regional Results, Cannabis, Cocaine, Alcohol, Sedatives Tranquillisers and Anti depressants and Polydrug), arising form the data collected in the General Population Surveys carried out in 2002/03, 2006/07 and 2010/11.



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