In January 2014, the Icelandic Minister of Health approved a policy on alcohol and drug prevention to run until 2020. Quantifiable targets will be defined on the basis of this policy and a plan of action will be drawn up to work towards achieving them. The policy covers consumption of alcohol and illegal drugs as well as abuse of prescription drugs.
Main goals include: To restrict access to alcohol and other drugs. To protect groups at risk from the damaging effects of alcohol and other drugs. To prevent young people from starting to consume alcohol or other drugs. To reduce the numbers of people who develop dangerous habits regarding the consumption of alcohol or other drugs. To ensure that those who have abuse or addiction problems have access to continuous and coordinated services based on the best available knowledge and quality standards. To reduce health damage and the number of deaths related to consumption of alcohol, or other drugs, consumed by the individuals involved, or by others.