24 hour Drug Information and Assistance Helpline “1498”
Drug Law Enforcement Unit (Cyprus Police) has set up a 24 hour Drug Information and Assistance Helpline “1498”. The helpline has a dual role, as it provides preliminary assistance in the form of initial guidance, via the helpline to persons seeking treatment for drug addiction. On the other hand, the helpline addresses to anyone wishing to provide information concerning drug-related crimes, with strict confidentiality. The above helpline was established in 1997 and by the year 2007, was upgraded, as the helpline is staffed by “Police Social Intervention Officers” with academic background on Social Sciences. The objective of the helpline is to provide a confidential service which offers information, support, guidance and referral for all those concerned with any aspect of illicit substance use or misuse.