The lead administration for the Misuse of Substances work sector is the Irish Government.
Tackling the misuse of drugs is an ongoing challenge for all British-Irish Council Member Administrations. Heads of Administrations decided on the inclusion of Misuse of Drugs as a topic at their inaugural summit in December 1999, with the Irish Government as the lead administration. Since then, the challenges and the drugs being misused continue to evolve.
At the Ministerial meeting held in June 2014, current patterns and responses in relation to cannabis, new psychoactive substances and the misuse of prescribed medicines were the main focus of the discussion
The Misuse of Substances work sector endeavours to cover a wide range of issues concerned with drug and alcohol misuse in its annual work programme. Meetings are regularly attended by professionals and academics in the relevant field which greatly adds to the discussion. The ongoing regular contact between BIC Member Administrations on a range of drug and alcohol related issues, has contributed to broader co-operation and exchange of information across the BIC area.
The Council Summit hosted by the Irish Government in June 2015 also focused on the use and misuse of alcohol.