Setting the policy agenda for combating the abuse of new psychoactive substances in the Republic of Croatia
; Government of the Republic of Croatia, Office for Combating Drugs Abuse
Zdravko Petak orcid.org/0000-0001-5303-4990 ; Faculty of Political Science University of Zagreb
Although the Early Warning System on New Psychoactive Substances in the Republic of Croatia was established in 2007, the phenomenon of new psychoactive substances only recently began garnering attention. This surge in attention is largely due to reports from other EU countries on intoxications and deaths connected to these, as well as the increased availability of these substances in specialized shops (“smart shops”) and on the internet.
This paper demonstrates the agenda-setting process in relation to the policy for combating new psychoactive substances abuse in Croatia by using the phase model or the policy-cycle model of policy-making process. The agenda-setting phase is characterized by a presentation of a specific problem as an important public policy issue; therefore, the aim of this paper is to discuss activities, circumstances and actors that are important for agenda setting of the policy for combating new psychoactive substances in Croatia.
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