Sri Lanka Aims To Minimize Drug Supply And Use To Minimum By 2020

Sri Lanka Aims To Minimize Drug Supply And Use To Minimum By 2020
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Minister of Law & Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka says that youth should be prevented from taking to drugs and their support should be sought for the country’s economic development. He said that plans have been drawn up to minimize drug abuse by the year 2020 and Sri Lankan government believes that the most effective approach to the illegal drug problem would comprise of comprehensive, balanced and coordinated strategy.

“Our ultimate goal should be to make the Indian Ocean a drug free zone,” he said, addressing the high level meeting of Interior Security and Internal Affairs Ministers of the Indian Ocean Region to Counter Drug Trafficking at the BMICH yesterday (29).

This goal will be pursued relentlessly by all drug law enforcement agencies, the government agencies directly involved in drug demand reduction including provincial and local administrations and other agencies which have a potential for contributing to the end objective and NGOs and the private agencies as well, he said.

“The government will adopt a broader approach to drug abuse control within the context of human development focusing particularly on the links between drug abuse, poverty reduction, crime prevention and improving health.”

“The government believes that the most effective approach to the drug problem would comprise of comprehensive, balanced and coordinated strategy and in such a strategy supply control and demand reduction will reinforce each other,” he added.

He stated that a high sense of shared responsibility will be the norm. “I am pleased to confirm that my government has the political will and commitment to eradicate the drug menace and control drug trafficking through Sri Lanka.

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