National Drug Prevention Week to enhance awareness in every sector
of the society
[June 25 2019]
The National Drug Prevention Week from started on June
19 will continue until July 01. This was under the concept of President
Maithripala Sirisena with the objective of further strengthening the
drug prevention program in Sri Lanka and rallying all Sri Lankans for
Policy and formulation and implementation of
legislation under the drug prevention program are already being
implemented island wide through three main themes: prevention, treatment
and rehabilitation. A number of programs covering all the provinces have
been planned to be launched during the week further strengthening the
National Drugs Prevention program.
Nine major programs targeting drug rehabilitation will
be implemented covering all the provinces during this week. Awareness
programs on drug addiction and prevention, awareness programs for
families, enlightening students of vocational training institutes,
follow up on drug addicts after rehabilitation and directing to
rehabilitation are planned to be implemented during the week.
The main task of this Prevention Week is to provide
correct information to school children about addiction to smoking,
alcohol and other narcotics and to minimize their exposure to them.
The Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention has
introduced the 1984 hotline for complaints about drug trafficking and
organized crime. A number of special programs are to be carried out this
week including display of posters and banners in public places for the
rehabilitation program, distribution of leaflets on community correction
and drug prevention, raids and joint operations by all police stations
and special units in the island. The main event of the drug prevention
week will be held at Sugathadasa Stadium on 1st July with the
participation of President Sirisena.