What is SAACS? - The Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat (SAACS) is a
government agency within the Ministry of Health, Wellness, Family Affairs, National
Mobilisation, Human Services and Gender Relations. It is the administrative body of the
Government efforts in the anti-drug activity in Saint Lucia, regionally and internationally.
How is the SAACS managed? - SAACS is guided through an advisory council mandated by
cabinet and operates through the drug misuse and control act #22 of 1988. The Advisory
Council comprises of representatives from the public, private and NGO sector. The Secretariat,
which is the implementing arm of the Advisory Council is headed by a Director and assisted
by Programme Officers and support staff.
What is the objective of the SAACS? - The objective of the SAACS is to develop, monitor
and coordinate an effective and supportive campaign against the Supply and Demand for illicit
drugs and the reduction of the abuse of licit substances. Collectively, members of the
Secretariat have a broad mandate in attending to all issues that relate to substance abuse and
illicit drug trafficking.