Government Policy

Experts recommend intensified anti-drug collaboration

RAJSHAHI, Jan 18, 2017 (BSS)-Experts at a view-sharing meeting here

yesterday suggested Bangladesh's intensified cooperation with two neighbours as they identified trend of growing social crimes and debacles as major consequences of drug abuse in the country.

"More effective engagement of Bangladesh is needed with neighbouring India and Myanmar to stop influx of drugs," additional director of Department and Narcotics Control (DNC) Mujibur Rahman Patwary told the meeting as part of DNC's month-long nationwide anti-drug campaign.

He added drug dealers should be the focus of attention of the law

enforcement campaign while the community level interventions were needed to

build a drug-free society to protect people particularly the young generation from deadly aggression of drugs.

More than 600 members of Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC) from various educational institutions in Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions joined the meeting in the conference hall of Bangladesh Postal Academy.

Commander of BNCC's Mohasthan Regiment Lt Col KM Imam Ahsan addressed the meeting as the chief guest while 5 Mohasthan Battalion Commander (BTFO) Major Mohsin Ali, PUO Dr Nur Salam Khatun and TUO Mustafizur Rahman spoke as special guests.

Rahman Patwary said social or family maladjustments, rising crimes, health hazards, murders and suicides are the major consequences of abusing of drugs like heroin, phensidyl, hemp, pathedrine and tranquilizers.

He said the law enforcement agencies alone are not capable of to combating the social disease but community participation coupled with family and social contribution was very important to this end.

The meeting was informed that 80 percent of the drug addicts belong to the age group of 15 to 30 in the country.

Col Imam Ahsan said the present government is pledged bound to free the society from drugs addiction and urged all the attending guardians, parents and others concerned to supplement the government endeavor for welfare of the nation.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)