The Director of Finance and Operations at Global Media Foundation (GloMeF) , human right and anticorruption media advocacy organization, Victor Fosu-Boamah has observed economic improvement dependent on sound mental health, social and human security.
drug_abuse1According to him , drug abuse and illicit trafficking is a complex socio-economic issue that requires a multi-stakeholder and therefore called for integrated approach towards a drug free society.
Mr. Fosu Boamah was speaking a sensitization forum at Sunyani Senior High School to mark this year’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Day in Sunyani.
The forum was organized by the Brong-Ahafo Office of the Narcotics Control Board with support from Global Media Foundation, MIHOSO International and Eusbelt Hotel.
The United Nations General Assembly in 1987 decided to observe 26 June every year as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse
According to Mr Boamah, creating awareness of dangers of the substance abuse in society and effecting behavioural change must be integral parts of effort in fighting drug abuse and illicit trafficking in the world.
The Brong-Ahafo Regional Commander of the Narcotics Control Board, DNA Ernest Owusu Sarpong, said the UN instituted the day to raise the awareness on the harmful effects of illicit drug use and trafficking .
He said Ghana being a signatory to the un 1998 Single Convention on Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances need to put in place stringent measures in its quest to fight drug trafficking.
DNA Owusu Sarpong revealed that his outfit has embarked on preventive sensitization programmes both schools and communities to educate the public on the deteriorating effects of illicit drug use.
He called for the enforcement of the PNDC 236, Act 1990 to help fight against illicit drug use and trafficking in the country.

SOURCE Pat Aboagyewaa

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