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Drug policy

Comprising the four elements prevention, therapy, harm reduction and law enforcement it now forms the overarching principle of national drug policy.

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The four elements of swiss drug policy: prevention (Prävention) – therapy (Therapie) – harm reduction (Schadensminderung) – law enforcement (Repression) The four elements of swiss drug policy
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The federal government’s responsibilities in the area of Swiss drug policy are defined in Article 15c of the Federal Narcotics Law (BetmG).

The concept of a fourfold approach to the reduction of drug-related problems was developed in the early 1990s.

Comprising the four elements prevention, therapy, harm reduction and law enforcement it now forms the overarching principle of national drug policy.

As mandated by law, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (SFOPH) endeavours to reduce drug-related problems by being active in the following areas:
  • coordination of cooperation between federal, cantonal and local authorities
  • primary and secondary prevention
  • treatment (abstinence-based, substitution, prescription)
  • harm reduction
  • information and documentation
  • training of professional staff
  • research
  • quality assurance

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