Portugal's Drug Strategy

"Portuguese drug policy is detailed in three strategic documents (National Strategy for the Fight Against Drugs 1999, National Plan Against Drugs and Drug Addiction 2005-12 and National Plan for the Reduction of Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies 2013-20). Launched in 1999 and envisaged as a long-term policy document, the National Strategy for the Fight Against Drugs defines the general objectives in the drug field. The strategy is built around eight principles, six objectives and 13 actions. The National Plan for the Reduction of Addictive Behaviours and Dependences (2013-20) builds on the 1999 strategy and takes a broad and integrated view of drug and addiction problems, including illicit drug use, new psychoactive substances (NPS), alcohol, prescription medications, doping and gambling (Figure 1). It is guided by five overarching objectives and is built around the two pillars of drug demand and drug supply reduction. It consists of two structural measures (the Operational Plan of Integrated Responses (PORI) and the referral network) and four transversal themes (information and research; training and communication; international relations and cooperation; and quality). The National Plan has defined a set of indicators and targets that
are to be achieved during its timeframe (2013-20). Three management areas -- coordination, budget and evaluation -- support the plan’s implementation alongside two action plans covering the periods 2013-16 and 2017-20."


European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (2017), Portugal, Country Drug Report 2017, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, p. 2.