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HE Interior Minister reviews efforts to fight drugs
His Excellency Interior Minister Lt-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa chaired the 9th meeting of the National Anti-drug Committee on Wednesday. The Minister of Education, the Minister of Health, the Deputy Interior Minister, the Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs, the Information Affairs Minister, the Southern Governor, the Inspector-General and the Customs President also attended the meeting.
HE the Interior Minister welcomed those present and praised the efforts to check the risks posed by drugs. The meeting then discussed the progress of the recommendations of the previous meeting.
After that the committee discussed the agenda, and Health Minister Faeqa bint Saeed Al Salah briefed the meeting on drug addiction recovery societies and centres and the need to supervise unregistered organisations. She also focused on the progress of the plan to set up a hospital for drug addicts.
HE the Interior Minister highlighted the importance of the project, the NGOs’ role as part of the national drug-fighting efforts and the need to have programmes to help families with addict members.
About listing chemicals containing narcotics, the Customs President was assigned to make a study in cooperation with the bodies concerned.
At the meeting, Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs Hisham bin Mohammed Al Jowder gave a briefing on the Takatif drug prevention programme to make Bahraini youth understand the risks posed by drugs, in association with national and international partners. The programme includes general and specialised training evaluated in accordance with certain mechanisms.
The Southern Governor focused on the local and international achievements of Ma’an [Together] programmed against violence and addiction. It has reduced wrong practices in schools by 40%. The meeting also discussed the progress of the National Anti-drug Committee set up by HE the Interior Minister in June 2015.
As part of the strategy, workshops were held in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Drug and Crime that recommended programmes to support families and the establishment of a national centre to treat addictions and run prevention programmes.
HE the Interior Minister stressed the importance of forming a follow-up committee to implement the strategy.
The Director-General of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science briefed the meeting on the 2016 statistics and drug-running methods and cases. He said 1,066 cases were discovered last year involving various trafficking methods while hashish topped the list of seizures.
The meeting was also attended by the representatives of government organisations.
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