Community Action Youth and Drugs (CAYAD) is a national project to reduce harm to young people and families/whanau from illicit drugs and alcohol.  The Ministry of Health funds CAYAD sites in cities, towns and rural areas across New Zealand.

CAYAD Co-ordinators and communities find innovative and inspiring ways to make a difference for young people and their families/whanau. The Community Action Youth and Drugs success stories show the diverse strengths and challenges being met through local commitment to making an extraordinary difference.  CAYAD Co-ordinators collaborate effectively to meet these challenges.

The CAYAD programme outcomes are:

  • Increased informed community discussion and debate about issues related to alcohol and other drugs
  • Effective policies and practices to reduce alcohol and other drug related harm adopted
  • Increased local capacity to support young people in education, employment and recreation
  • Reduced supply of alcohol and other drugs to young people.

In this section you will find information about community action, links to the National Community Action Youth and Drugs Outcomes Model, the Government’s National Drug Policy and the Government’s Methamphetamine Action Plan.