To formulate and conduct official programmes that protect the nation against drug abuse, drug trafficking and its associated consequences.
A nation that is safe and secured against the World Drug Problem.
A Brief Overview of the Agency
NANA was established by a cabinet decision in July 2017, based on a memorandum submitted by the former Minister of Public Security, presently renamed to Ministry of Home Affairs, the Honorable Khemraj Ramjattan, and became operationalized on the 2nd October, 2017.
Major General (Ret’d) Michael Atherly, was appointed Director of the National Anti-Narcotics Agency. He previously served as the Head of the Task Force, on Narcotic Drugs and Illicit Weapons within the Ministry of Public Security, presently Ministry of Home Affairs for a number of years. The Task Force has now been subsumed into NANA.
The National Drug Strategy Master Plan 2016-2020 (NDSMP) was developed to provide a coordinate approach in addressing the drug problem and it encompasses a public health approach by brining agencies together to address various challenges.
One of NANA’s key function is to monitor and assess implementation of the National Drug Strategy Master Plan (NDSMP) on a continuous basis.
What is NANA?
NANA is a policy-making body that aids both law enforcement and non-law enforcement agencies in combatting the drug fight in Guyana. This Agency’s key responsibility is coordinating and integrating the efforts of existing agencies.
The National Anti-Narcotics Agency will bring together the work of the Supply Reduction agencies as well as Demand Reduction agencies however, these agencies will still carry out their mandated duties.
NANA also works along with many international Organization, joining the effort in the fight against Narcotics.
The structure of NANA is outlined below:
The Strategic Oversight Council is a multi-stakeholder body of heads of government agencies that provides broad strategic direction to NANA and also serves as the uppermost mechanism for mainstreaming counter narcotics management into sustainable development policies in all aspects of society. It will receive and consider for approval, the annual budget of the Agency.
The Drug Intelligence Coordination Centre is given special emphasis. It deals with intelligence on drugs and associated crimes that can inform appropriate counter drug operations.
The Legal Office under direction of the Attorney-General will be responsible for inter alia, the revision and production of all legislation in support of national drug policy as well as the NDSMP.
The National Anti-Narcotics Secretariat serves as the executive arm of NANA ensuring the fulfilment of all programmes and activities of the NDSMP.
These 4 cells units below represent the main programmatic areas in which NANA is able to bring agencies together to share information and develop interventions:
The Regional Anti-Narcotics unit: this unit is intended to ensure that drug issues at the regional level are addressed and channeled to the central bodies.
The Drug Information Network: is the data generating arm of NANA brining a wide cross section of agencies together to provide statistical data on various indicators.
The National Drug Abuse Control Unit: brings professionals together to assess drug demand and treatment interventions.
Joint Anti-Narcotics Law Enforcement Unit: brings related agencies such as CANU, Police, GDF and GRA together to assess Drug supply reduction.
With these units working and having well established relationships, NANA creates an environment where communication and information can be shared in a timely manner to facilitate focused anti-narcotics interventions.
Roles and Objectives of NANA
- NANA will coordinate the works of the Law Enforcement Agencies through the guidance of The Strategic Oversight Council.
- Through the implementation of polices, the National Anti-Narcotics Agency will enhance and develop strategies and intelligence gathering methods to ensure that the mitigation of demand and supply of illicit drugs is maintained.
- NANA will facilitate the implementation of modern measures and mechanisms that promote the efficient functioning of anti-narcotic structures, in particular, the effective coordination planning and application of national policies on drugs including the National Drug Strategy Master Plan (NDSMP).
- Monitor and assess implementation of the NDSMP on a continuous basis.
- Update drug policies in accordance with the results of its evaluations.
- Strengthen the National Drug Information Network (DIN) to generate, collect, analyze and disseminate information.
- Conduct studies, accumulate, and coordinate drug related statistics and other related information.