Salone observes International Day against Drugs
By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh
Sierra Leone yesterday (26 June) joined other countries around the world to celebrate International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at the Maitta Conference hall, Youyi building in Freetown.
Chairman of the event, Patrick Cole, told the audience that the message of hope this year was that drug use disorders are preventable and treatable, adding that the involvement of youth in drugs taking was a major social challenge in the sub-region, especially in Sierra Leone.
“We must fight to combat drugs and its abuse in our society as this has sent a negative impact in our society that upcoming leaders need to know that drugs and the abuse of drugs will not lead to good health,” he said.
Cole called on the government, civil society and non-governmental organisations to partner to make Sierra Leone a drugs free society.
Assistant Inspector General of Police Morie Lengor pledged the support of the force to combat the abuse of drugs among youth by ensuring that culprits face the full penalty of the law.
“Selling of alcohol and drugs without valid license on the streets must stop,” he warned.
Minister of Internal Affairs, Joseph B. Dauda, in his keynote address, said that drugs are now targeted by young people and that society has to treat the menace as worrisome, noting that his ministry was doing all it can to fight against the abuse of drugs in society.
He further said that the Transnational and Organised Crime Unit (TOCU), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) and other partners are tirelessly working to curb the menace of drugs abuse, to make society a better place to live.