Third phase of National Anti-Drug Drive commences in Central Province

Third phase of National Anti-Drug Drive commences in Central Province

Third phase of National Anti-Drug Drive commences in Central Province

Written by Staff Writer

11 Jul, 2015 | 9:38 pm

The third phase of the National Anti-Drug Drive commenced on Saturday, July 11 in the Central Province.

The National Ant-Drug Drive islandwide door-to-door campaign is being carried out by News 1st, Sirasa and Shakthi together with the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board.

“… We stopped using drugs. We living happily in society …”

“… Using drugs can lead to death …”

“… It’s better consume poison and die rather than using drugs …”

During the drive, News 1st came across young men with these testimonies who have proven is it possible to escape from drug addiction.

In order to affirm their strength of overcoming the menace to the whole of the country, our teams undertook a door-to-door campaign to raise awareness among the public on the ill effects of drug use. The campaign  commenced after an event at the Historic Aluvihare in Matale.

Chief Incumbent of the Historic Aluvihare in Matale, Ven. Aluvihare Saranankara Thero stated that this initiative will create a healthy future generation.

Group Director of TCMOL Chevaan Daniel stated that more than the people of the country, they understand more and see more of the ill effects that drugs and drug smuggling has on the country. He added these ill effects have even reached the Parliament. He went on to note that because they cannot remain idle in the face of this menace, they decided to join with the people and the experts to undertake a door-to-door campaign in order to raise awareness among the people. He added that no matter what the political situation is and no matter what the politicians say to the peope,l the power of the ballot rests in the hands of the people.

The News 1st team together the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board visited Kaludewala, Mandankadawala and Ukuwela area in Matale, identified addicts and directed them towards rehabilitation. In addition, the teams also raised awareness among the locals on the ill effects of drugs. Another phase of the National Anti-Drug Drive got underway in the Kandy District subsequent to a ceremony held at the Historic Bogambara New Sri Bodhimnalu temple.

The National Ant-Drug Drive will take place in Ellakaduwa, Hunnasgiriya and Rattota areas in Matale on July 12.  The programme will take place in the Galaha, Deltota and Gampola areas in Kandy; and also in the Ragala, Kandapola, and Udupusselawa areas in the Nuwara Eliya District.

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