National Drug Council

NDC-ServiceMission – To formulate, coordinate, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the National Anti-Drug Strategic Plan based on proactive, creative and research driven strategies in collaboration with public and private sector organisations.

Goal – To have the resident population of the Cayman Islands free from all drug, alcohol and other substance abuse/misuse and their ill-effects.




The NDC, an independent statutory body, was set up under the National Drug Council Law

(1997), to assist government in reviewing drug use trends, formulating and developing drug prevention and rehabilitation policies and programmes; conducting drug-use surveys and spearheading public education.

Phone: (345) 949-9000 Fax. 949-6264,

Email: yk.cd1544690101n@ofn1544690101i1544690101

Physical Address: Unit’s #17 and #18 Caymanian Village, North Sound Way, George Town

Mailing Address: PO Box 10007, Grand Cayman, KY1-1001, CAYMAN ISLANDS


Executive Director – Joan West-Dacres

Information Manager: Simon Miller yk.cd1544690101n@IOF1544690101

Business Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.

To Volunteer: Please call 949-9000 or email on yk.cd1544690101n@ofn1544690101i1544690101

Council Members (07/13)

  • Mrs. Dorothy Crumbley, Chairman
  • Mr. Rayle Roberts, Vice-Chairman
  • Hon. Chief Magistrate Nova Hall, Member
  • Dr. Mark Lockhart, Member
  • Mrs. Esme Watler-Hydes, Member
  • Mrs. Teresa Echenique-Bowen, Member
  • Mr. Ricardo Forbes, Member
  • Chief Officer, Ministry of Health, Sports, Youth and Culture, Ex-Officio
  • Chief Officer, Ministry of Community Affairs, Ex-Officio
  • Chief Officer, Ministry of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs, Ex-Officio
  • Minister of Finance and Economic Development (or his representative), Ex-Officio
  • Commissioner of Police (or his representative), Ex-Officio
  • National Drug Council Coordinator, Ex-Officio




The NDC’s mandate is to provide policy advice, information, develop programmes and conduct research in the following key areas:

  • Education, in particular young people
  • Prevention
  • Treatment & Rehabilitation

We do this through:

  • Conferences, seminars and meetings related to drug abuse
  • Studies, reports and other documentation on drug abuse
  • Information systems and databases on policies, programmes and research on drug abuse
  • Information on the availability and supply of drugs likely to be abused
  • Legislation relating to the misuse of drugs


The National Drug Council (NDC) is dedicated to the eradication of substance abuse in the Cayman Islands and to co-operating with Foreign Governments and Agencies in order to facilitate a more effective address to global trafficking of illicit drugs. The goals and objectives of the NDC are realised through a fully integrated approach to substance misuse and abuse, which brings the community of thought to bear on its planning, operations, research, and programmes as mandated by the Cayman Islands National Anti-Drug Strategy.




  • To keep under review the situation in the islands with respect to the abuse of drugs.
  • To formulate and develop drug prevention and rehabilitation policies and programmes.
  • To advise the Minister on drug prevention and rehabilitation policies and programmes; the licensing and operation of treatment and rehabilitation centres; drug supply control measures; and law reform relating to the misuse of drugs.
  • To educate the public, particularly the young, on the dangers of drug abuse, and to initiate, sponsor and support conferences, seminars, and meetings related to drug abuse.
  • To promote and support training in the field of Drug Abuse Prevention and Rehabilitation.
  • To promote and encourage the establishment of a system to coordinate the treatment and rehabilitation of drug abusers and the care of persons associated with drug abusers.
  • To establish and operate treatment centres.
  • To conduct research into, and develop and maintain a database of information on drug abuse in the islands.


Main Policy and Guidance Documents 


  • The National Anti-Drug Strategy 2009-2013 – The National Anti-Drug Strategy is the blueprint for the Cayman Islands’ response to the misuse and abuse of both illicit and legal drugs, including alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs.
  • Report of the 2008 National Anti-drug Strategic Planning Meeting


Educational initiatives to address substance abuse


  • Early Elementary Drug Awareness Prevention WorkbookThis educational booklet is designed for use in the classroom and home and explains the concepts and negative impacts of substance use and misuse/abuse.
  • Parents as Preventers Training – This training module empowers parents as preventers through teaching them the signs and symptoms of substance use and abuse. The sessions are conducted upon request at public and private schools in Grand Cayman.
  • Workplace Training – This workplace workshop highlights the benefits of a drug-free workplace. It also encourages workers with alcohol and drug problems to seek help. This workshop is conducted upon request.
  • Teachers as Preventers Training – This programme educates teachers on some of the early warning signs of substance abuse, as well as provides them with the information and skills that can help them take a positive approach in dealing with preteens and teens in their classrooms. The workshop focuses on: What is happening locally with drug use and young people; Reading the signs; and creating a positive classroom environment.


Cayman Islands Student Drug Use Survey (CISDUS)


For the past 12 years the NDC has conducted the survey, which aims to gain a better understanding of drug use among middle and high school students in the Cayman Islands. It also provides an opportunity for schools, community, private and public entities to develop evidenced-based policies and programmes that are geared towards the needs of local youth. This information is valuable to the country, communities, and schools in targeting prevention initiatives. In addition, the survey collects information about school climate, safety, and important contributing factors to youth risk behaviours that can impede learning.


Student Drug Use Survey aims


  • To gain a better understanding of drug use among middle and high school students in the Cayman Islands.
  • To provide a fundamental opportunity for schools, community, private and public entities to develop evidenced-based policies and programmes that are geared towards the needs of our youth.
  • To continue in the development and strengthening of prevention programmes and policies; and
  • To continue to track changes in alcohol and drug use patterns.


Her Majesty’s Prison Survey


The purpose of the survey is to determine programme needs of the prison population as it relates to the delivery of education, treatment, and rehabilitation services for substance abuse.

This initiative which is part of the seven priority areas of The National Anti-Drug Strategy 2009-2013, seeks to provide a continuum of treatment services that offer drug users the means to improve their quality of life within the Prisons and successful transition back into the communities in which they live.


Designated Driver Programme and the New Year’s Eve Purple Ribbon Pledge


For over ten (10) years the NDC has partnered with local businesses and restaurants to coordinate the Designated Driver Programme and the New Year’s Eve Purple Ribbon Bus service during the Holiday Season. The community continues to respond tremendously to the free buses on New Year’s Eve, which was established to assist in reducing the number of drinking and driving incidents on our roads. Also people who identify themselves as a Designated Driver to their server at participating restaurants, bars and clubs, receive free non-alcoholic drinks all evening and a free purple wrist band bracelet.

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