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The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) was established by an Act of Parliament on 24th July, 2012.

The Authority’s main focus is on demand reduction, which involves providing preventive education, public awareness, life skills, treatment, rehabilitation and psycho-social support to the general public. It also contributes towards supply suppression through policy formulation and capacity building.

Through a Gazette Notice of 26th April, 2001, the National Agency for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA) was institutionalized under the Ministry of Provincial Administration and Internal Security to initiate a public education campaign against drug abuse especially among the youth in schools and other learning institutions until May 2006 when His Excellency the President established a NACADA Advisory Board that now governs the Authority’s operations.

Additional responsibilities that the  National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse Act, 2012 gives NACADA are:

  • Licensing and regulating operations of rehabilitation facilities;
  • Facilitating the development and operation of rehabilitation facilities, and ensure that quality services are provided to persons suffering from substance use disorders;
  • Preparing, publishing and submitting an alcohol and drug abuse control status report bi-annually to both Houses of Parliament through the Cabinet Secretary.
  • Assisting and support County Governments in developing and implementing policies, laws and plans of action on control of drug abuse.