ANTI-DRUG FORUM DIRECTOR FACILITATES AT THE CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP ON THE PUBLIC HEALTH DIMENSIONS OF THE NARCOTIC DRUGS AND PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEM
The National Department of Health recently held a consultative workshop on the Public Health Dimensions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Abuse problem. This workshop took place in the context of the April 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session that reviewed the progress that was made in the implementation of the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an integrated and balanced strategy to counter the World Drug Problem. This included the an assessment of the achievements and challenges in countering the world drug problem within the framework of the three international drug control conventions and other United Nations instruments.
The workshop created a platform for all the key stakeholders which included the relevant civil society, government departments, non-government organizations, academia and research institutions that are involved in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances control and prevention.
Mr Sam Pillay, director of the Anti-Drug Forum was identified as the most appropriate person to facilitate the breakaway session on “Prevention of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and other related blood-borne infectious diseases among injecting drug users”.
Mr Pillay said, “It was an exciting conference for me because the National Department of Health is now seriously taking into account what the Anti-drug Forum was talking about for many years. Much of what the ADF pioneered is being researched and studied by the academics currently. The other government departments and NGO’s are also changing their perception on how to deal with the scourge of substance abuse.”
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