The Narcotic Control Board (NACOB) has donated furniture seized from a drug offender to three rehabilitation centres to enhance their operations.
The rehabilitation centres include; House of St Francis, Korle-Bu Addictive Diseases Unit, and Dafarec Rehabilitation Centre.

The donation was to commemorate the World Drugs Day celebration which fell on June 26 every year.  Mr Michael Addo, the Deputy Executive Secretary, NACOB speaking at the event noted that by law, if one was arrested for drug offences, they were not allowed to use those equipment and by so doing a court ruling had given the board the mandate for such items to be donated.

The donation, he said, would enable the rehabilitation centres to effectively take care of inmates who have been affected by such activity.
He said this was necessary as these rehab centres lacked most of the needed equipment and therefore there was the need to rehabilitate them to operate as they should.

Staff of NACOB also donated clothes to the inmates to ensure that even in that state they were properly dressed-up he stated.
Mr Addo said when people become addicted, it did not make them criminals and urged that when dealing with such people, it should be looked at as a social and health problem rather than criminalising it.

He therefore, urged drug dealers to desist from such activities, saying “when you are arrested you would not be allowed to enjoy your proceeds.”
Mr Jeorge Mends, House Manager House of St Francis, commended NACOB for the gesture, adding that this would go a long way, to help the house in their operations.
He assured that the furniture would be put to good use and called on other corporate bodies to emulate the gesture to enable them run the centres effectively.
GNA