Since 1999, ES-CICAD has been supporting countries in the development of subnational/local drug plans and policies based on, and in conjunction with, national policies and strategies.
Various projects have been developed and executed within this framework, one in particular being the project “Health and Life in the Americas” (SAVIA), which have supported the development of inter-institutional structures of work at the different levels of the State, as well as the development of local drug policies and plans that aim to address the problem.
The formulation and implementation of local drug policies allow the focus to be placed on drug interventions that are based on the specific needs of local communities. This provides local administrations and stakeholders with the necessary support and context for the implementation of drug policies, and contributes to the direct knowledge and sensitivity required for the formulation of effective solutions to the problems identified.
Subnational/local management of drug policies plays a key role in addressing the drug problem due to various factors, including:
Insight into the extent of implementation of national drug strategies and policies.
Close proximity to the problem, with firsthand evidence and insight into the variability of trends, which in turn can contribute to early warnings regarding the evolution of the problem.
Ability to assess local environments when designing, planning, and executing actions, measures, and responses to the drug phenomenon.
Proximity to basic social and health service providers relating to prevention and treatment of drug-related issues.
Valuable input that communities and civil organizations contribute to responses executed, through awareness raising and available support networks.
Recognition of the multidimensional and comprehensive nature of the problem (through direct interaction with local agents and actors), as well as how local management can lay the foundations for intersectoral coordination in local context.
Visit the SAVIA Website (only available in Spanish).