June 26 is United Nations Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

The United Nations Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed each year on June 26.

This day is set aside to draw the world’s attention on the  dangers of drug use and drug trafficking.   The trafficking in illicit drugs poses serious threats to our National Security.  Drug Trafficking give rise to criminal activities including money laundering, murder, human trafficking, and an increase in illegal guns and ammunitions.   Laws have been enacted to combat these illegal activities with stiff fines and penalties.

While our Coast Guard, Drug Squad and Custom Officials are working tirelessly  in the area of interdiction / border control aim at reducing supply of drugs.  Additionally, the National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit has embarked on school and community prevention activities to reduce the demand for drugs.  Citizens must play their part to mitigate the negative  consequences that drug trafficking has on the individual , the family and the society.

Drug dealers prey on the vulnerability of our women, Youths and school children by their glitz and glamour.  Many of these vulnerable individuals end up in our prison,  psychiatric hospital or cemeteries.

Our city, town and villages have not been spared from the ravages of drug use as evident in the number of persons we see on the streets we label as “paro”.  There are those who seem functional but are at risk to becoming dysfunctional.

Police statistic for the past five years indicates an increase in drug seizures for both cocaine and marijuana.  Here are some action we can take as individuals and communities to prevent drug trafficking:

•    Inform yourself about the dangers of drugs
•    Help make your neighbourhood and school drug free zones
•    Let drug dealers know that they are not welcome in your neighbourhood/school /playground
•    Report illegal activities that are drug related to the nearest Police Station
•    If you leave on the coast look out for strange boats in coastal waters
•    Teach children how to say No and mean No
•    Parents be role models to your children

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1 Comment

  1. vip
    June 24, 2011

    I do hope Dominicans participate fully on this day cause drug is a real menace in our society.Dominica is close to becoming an alcoholic and marijuana state and good people are refusing to speak out against this ill.School children are now bringing alcohol to school as their mid mporning snack and many high school boys are going to school high before 8 o’clock in the morning and some children cannot function properly if the dont smoke.DOMINICANS LOVE MARIJUANA AND IS NO JOKE ABOUT IT.we are just a bunch of hypocrites.EVery home in Dominica has someone either smoking or drinking.I HATE THAT MARIJUANA THING.That thing is a curse and carries with it the mark of the beast.Check the state prison and you will see.I dont know when last i have seen a decent marijuana smoker.To me all of them have some form of psychiatric disorder and dependency.LET US ALL SAY WITH ME DOWN WITH MARIJUANA.AND UP WITH JESUS.

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