Agency to partner with communities on drug control

Eme Offiong, Calabar

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Poised to reduce the negative impact of drug abuse among young people, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, says it hopes to work with communities in the execution of drug control programmes.

Anthonia Edeh, the Cross River State Commander of the agency, said this while speaking to journalists in Calabar, the capital city on the 2019 International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.
Edeh stated “this celebration calls for action on our drug control efforts. From last year till date, the command has given anti-drug campaigns and enlightenment lecturers to groups especially to young people, who are the most vulnerable. In the same vein, we have enabled 106 drug dependent persons through counseling, while the command secured 46 convictions at the Federal High Court, Calabar.”
She noted that several kilograms of cannabis sativa, cocaine, heroin and psychotropic substances were seized, while ten hectares of cannabis farm was destroyed recently.
Health for Justice
According to Edeh, the theme for this year’s celebration, ‘Health for Justice, Justice for Health’, emphasizes the need for a comprehensive approach to tackling the challenges of drug abuse prevention and treatment.
She said “the theme addresses three broad issues such as people getting the treatment they need; connecting drug prevention, social inclusion and protection as well as building knowledge for justice and health”. 
She pledged to, with the support of critical stakeholders in the Cross River, continue to dislodge criminal drug syndicates and cartels.
The United Nations set aside June 26 annually to draw attention to the global hazards of drug addiction and illegal trafficking.
Bilkisu Pai