Director of the National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit Jacinta Bannis said a number of activities have been planned, commencing with a meeting with various stakeholders at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
According to Bannis, the new health minister is also expected to deliver an address on Tuesday to officially commence the observance.
On Wednesday and Thursday the unit intends to hold an exhibition on the ground floor of the government headquarters, while on Friday a grand book launching is being organized. Market activities in Portsmouth, Mahaut and Roseau along with messages to the churches will also form part of the activities, Bannis said.
During the month, the Drug Abuse Prevention Unit intends to close a prison programme and hold video discussions.
“We are hoping to target three communities to educate them on the ills of Drugs … We also want to do a book drive for the Dominica State Prison so that the inmates can read when they are bored,” Bannis added.
Meanwhile, workplaces have also been targeted where employees could educate themselves about the ills of drug abuse and how it could affect the work place.
Other activities planned include the education of young drivers on the abuse of drugs and alcohol. According to Bannis, the traffic police will also work in close collaboration for that project.