Written by Staff Writer
09 Jul, 2015 | 4:00 pm
The National Drug Prevention Programme commenced in Ja-Ela on Thursday under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena.
The initiative is undertaken by the Presidential Secretariat, the Department of Police, the Department of Excise and the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board.
The National Drug Prevention Programme was initiated on Thursday, July 09 by President Sirisena. Large swathes of people gathered at the grounds located in Ja-Ela to participate in the national programme. The national programme has been initiated as part of efforts to eradicate the drug menace that has been identified as one of the biggest reasons that has caused the deterioration of the morals of society. The National Drug Prevention month was declared at the event.
President Sirisena stated that the citizens of this country have witnessed the effects and the disastrous consequences of the drug menace. It is also attributed to poverty, sickness, a dysfunctional family and rejection from society.
He went on to note that it is imperative that politicians of this country distance themselves from narcotics.
Therefore, he added that the government will take every legal measure against the said politicians no matter what party the person belongs to. or position.
Senior Advisor to the President, Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero stated that the victims who were arrested in the past were due to poverty. If an objective is set to save over 100,000 people per year, at least 10,000 people should be rehabilitated.
He went on to note that the rehabilitation programme should be strengthened while eradicating the menace. Meanwhile, PAFFREL has highlighted persons that persons who are engaged in drugs should not be given nominations as this is largely seen in leading political parties.
Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne stated that for the first time three health issues have been pointed out on a political stage and election policies – they are kidney disease, tobacco ban, health bill.
This was because these topics were so aggravated that they were spoken on every platform. It became the people’s issue because the common candidate fought against this and needed to emerge victorious.
Chairman of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol, Dr. Palitha Abeykoon stated that tobacco is the most deadliest killer in the world since it is the first on the list; as liquor emerges as second.
He added that if this situation can be put to a halt, the spread of non-communicable diseases can be controlled.
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