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A Framework for The National Drug Policies and Master Plan

Government of Bermuda Ministry of Social Rehabilitation and The Department for National Drug Control Country Resources Substance Abuse Policies, Substance Abuse Strategies and Plans Bermuda 31 December 2007 Policy document mental health promotion, prevention, substance use

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Th e essence of the Policy comprises of four core propositions;

1. Th e guiding principle for the National Drug Policy should be to reduce drug-related
harm (recognize the drug problem as a major public health threat to The Nation)
2. The most immediate concerns to the citizens in the context of the principal harms of drug
use and abuse are: crime, public nuisance, drug-related violence, physical and mental
health problems, social costs and community degradation.
3. The development, review and re-development of the Drug Policy must be guided by
evidence collection and evaluation, which is open to public scrutiny and informs periodic
and objective policy review.
4. The Drug Policy must respect human rights, local judicial norms and our divergent
cultural attitudes to alcohol and drug use.


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