Edo calls for collaboration with stakeholders in anti-drug campaign

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The Edo state government on Saturday urged stakeholders to work with the government to strengthen advocacy to tackle the threat of illicit drug abuse, abuse and trafficking.

The representative of the Chairman of the Edo State Drug Control Committee and Commissioner of Health, and Director of Pharmaceutical Services of the Ministry of Health, Tivere Osa-Afe, said the campaign would “bring to the fore the need to confront the threat through the lens of public health and approach it as a broader social issue rather than just a criminal matter.

She said that according to statistics from the National Drug Enforcement Agency, it was revealed that a total of 17,647 drug offenders and 10 barons had been arrested in the past 17 months, including more than 2,369 convicted. and imprisoned, while more than 11,000 drug addicts were counseled and treated. in the same period.

She said collaboration among stakeholders would strengthen and stimulate cooperation among stakeholders around the world to support the goal of combating drug abuse at the international level.

She noted that the committee has set up drug-free clubs in more than 45 secondary schools in Edo South, adding, “More plans to expand the same to Edo North and Central as well as campaigns through the media of mass and social media”.

“The committee will extend its advocacy to public gatherings, including schools, health walks and religious centers,” she said.

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