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The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) was established in 1983 to educate the general public about the dangers of drug abuse and to prevent the indiscriminate use of drugs. In 1984 the Drug Abuse Secretariat was established to assist the Council in carrying out the necessary administrative tasks.
The functions of the National Council through its Secretariat are as follows:
The review and monitoring of the conditions in Jamaica, and regionally, with respect to drugs which are being or which appear likely to be misused with likely harmful effects which are likely to constitute a social problem
Undertaking measures which, in the opinion of the Council, are necessary for the prevention and misuse of drugs, and for dealing with any social problems arising from the misuse of such drugs.
Considering matters referred to it concerning drug use and abuse, and advising thereon.