Israel Anti-Drug Authority
Israel Anti-Drug Authority (IADA) is a statutory corporation established by virtue of the "Israel Anti-Drug Authority Law", at the end of 1988. IADA is a quasi-governmental agency, which operates under the aegis of the Prime Minister. In 2009, the Israel Knesset approved a decision granting the Ministry of Public Security responsibility for IADA.
IADA is the central body in Israel charged with leading the struggle against the plague of drugs. In 2005, the Israeli government extended IADA's mandate to include the battle on alcohol abuse.
IADA's principal duties, as defined by law, are to lead the national war on drugs and alcohol abuse by:
Coordinating inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation and activities.
Treating and rehabilitating victims of substance abuse, and their families.
Supervising all areas related to law enforcement, and all institutions' respective roles in this area.
Organizing communal awareness and prevention programs nationwide.
Conducting research to track trends in use and to evaluate project implementation.
Providing national information services in many formats, through many vehicles and across the spectrum of the Israeli society.
Recruiting volunteers to complement the professionals' role.
Israel Anti-Drug Authority directs and coordinates the activities of all government ministries, offices and NGOs that are involved in the war on drugs. Some of the ministries that play key roles in this battle include:
Ministry of Education - in areas related to education and prevention.
Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services- in areas of treatment and rehabilitation.
Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Finance - in all areas relating to law enforcement.
Ministry of Immigrant Absorption - within communities of new immigrants and at-risk youth.
Ministry of Interior - in coordination with local municipalities and governments.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs - developing international relations.
Non-Governmental Organizations - to maximize the efficacy of all Israel's drug related programs, learn from areas where we achieve the most success and replicate these around the country.
IADA is exclusively responsible for key activities, such as:
Promoting drug-related public awareness materials in order to create a social climate which rejects drug use.
Sponsoring drug related research, including national surveys and municipal surveys on drug abuse to track the extent of drug use and evaluation research on activities carried out by IADA and other institutions.
Training professional staff to lead the war on drugs.
Leading community work.
IADA's strategic goals and objectives are met by creating annual plans that are broken down into an array of key areas related to drug and alcohol abuse.
While the means may change slightly from year to year, the end result remains the same - to rid Israel of the plague of drugs and alcohol, utilizing all the tools available.
Israel Anti-Drug Authority
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