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Members of the Coherent Policy Expert Group, Pompidou Group. Muscat, Richard and Pike, Brigid (2014) Coherence policy markers for psychoactive substances. Strasbourg: Council of Europe.

Identifying effective approaches to creating coherent policies regarding licit and illicit drugs has been the priority of the Pompidou Group during its 2010-14 work programme. Over the years, research has evolved in this field as demonstrated in the group’s publications: From a policy on illegal drugs to a policy on psychoactive substances in 2008 and Towards an integrated policy on psychoactive substances: a theoretical and empirical analysis in 2010, and then Reflections on the concept of coherency for a policy on psychoactive substances and beyond in 2012.

This last publication attempted to put into perspective the salient points of what may be termed a coherent policy on psychoactive substances. It proposed six indicators, around which the concept of coherency was developed: conceptualisation, policy context, legislative and regulatory frameworks, strategic frameworks, responses/interventions and structures and resources.

The initial target for the use of these six indicators is that all drugs policies should be in line with the concept of “well-being”. At the very least, they should not contradict each other and at best they should be in harmony. On this basis, in 2013 and 2014, researchers refined these indicators and tested them in their countries, namely Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Norway and Portugal to verify whether they provided a valid tool to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of a coherent policy on psychoactive substances.

The results appear in this publication and indicate that such markers may be indeed used as a basis for discussion on the issue of coherence and in some cases as a means to better implement coherent policies in respect to psychoactive substances, and also possibly policies that address other forms of addictive behaviour.

Introduction (Richard Muscat)
1. Croatia – Coherence policy markers for addictions (Office for Combating Drug Abuse of the Government of the Republic of Croatia)
2. Czech Republic – Coherence policy markers (Lucia Kiššová)
3. Hungary – Coherent addiction policies: piloting a diagnostic tool (Katalin Felvinczi, Anna Magi and Anna Péterfi)
4. Ireland – Coherency of policies on illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco (Brigid Pike)
5. Israel – Coherency of drugs policy: a structured analysis (Yossi Harel-Fisch)
6. Italy – Drugs policy coherence: from policy markers to policy makers (Elisabetta Simeoni)
7. Portugal – Coherent policy markers for drugs (Fátima Trigueiros)
Concluding remarks (Richard Muscat)
Appendix: Pompidou Group publications

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, International, Book
Drug Type
New psychoactive substance
Intervention Type
Call No
MP18.2, BN VH4
264 p.
Council of Europe
Corporate Creators
Members of the Coherent Policy Expert Group, Pompidou Group
Place of Publication
Accession Number
HRB 5300 (Available), HRB 5301 (Available)
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