National Drug Council


The Government of Trinidad and Tobago established the National Drug Council (NDC) by Cabinet approval in 2000, in accordance with the internationally recommended structure for a national entity, established by statute, and responsible for overseeing the implementation of all aspects of drug control.

Its primary role is to provide a forum for stakeholders to meet and exchange information on all drug-related initiatives in Trinidad and Tobago. The NDC further monitors the implementation of the Anti-Drug Plan, advises on policy, liaises with local, regional, and international partners as well as coordinates activities that require contributions from principal agencies.

The National Drug Council is mandated to monitor, evaluate and coordinate the implementation of the National Drug Master Plan. This Plan addresses areas such as the protection of territorial borders from entry and exit of illegal drugs and the promotion of a coordinated approach toward drug interdiction.

The NDC was formed to fulfill Trinidad and Tobago’s obligation as a member of the Organisation of American States (OAS) and to serve as a central co-coordinating body for the implementation of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) Anti-Drug Strategy for the region and the National Anti-Drug Plan.

The composition of the National Drug Council reflects agencies that are involved in demand reduction, supply control, security issues, enforcement, and financial monitoring.

The Secretariat to the Council was established in 2001 via Cabinet approval to implement all decisions of the Council and undertake any and all activities in fulfilment of the Council’s mandate.