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Traditional Leaders Join Fight Against Drug Abuse

September 13, 2017 By Mohamed Massaquoi

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Council of Tribal Heads in the Western Area has assured the Pharmacy Board Sierra Leone and Health Network of their unflagging support in the fight against drug peddling and drug abuse in Sierra Leone.

The traditional leaders made the declaration at the Civil Service Secretariat in Freetown, noting the need for stakeholders across the country to guide the process of combating the indiscriminate use of Tramadol and other harmful drugs that are responsible for emerging social disorder in the country.

Mende Tribal Head, Chief Mathew Young, urged that tradition be respected, adding that it was significant that they were invited to participate in the all-important meeting as it geared towards maintaining state security and public health safety.

Chief Young maintained that the Pharmacy Board and it partners have been going around to sensitise people about the negative effects of the abuse of drugs but that chiefs have not been directly involved in the process, thus making it difficult for their subjects to understand some of the challenges in the misuse of drugs in their respective communities.

Deputy Head of Criminal Investigation Department, Samuel Sani Sesay, said it was significant that chiefs have joined the fight against drug abuse, adding that most of those committing crime are within communities which provide them with protection.

“This is the beginning of the partnership between Pharmacy Board and the chiefs.  The police has started this partnership long since by introducing the Police Partnership Board. We want the chiefs to help arrest and handover to police those drug peddlers who are creating problems for our people,” said Mr. Sesay.