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Friday, February 07, 2014 - 04.31 GMT
Maximum efforts to crack down the drug menace President


Boutiques near schools where Babul, Madana Modaka and various synthetic drugs are said to be sold to schoolchildren should be clamped down on immediately, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

The President ordered IGP N.K. Illangakoon to carry out random raids on such boutiques and be extra vigilant on persons hovering around schools.

He said the police should take maximum efforts to eradicate the drug menace from the country.

President Rajapaksa directed officials to formulate a viable mechanism through which illicit drugs can be completely blocked at border points, from entering the country.

He was of the view that a viable mechanism that can block drugs circulating in the society systematically will help eradicate the drug menace. The President made this directive at a special meeting at Temple Trees to discuss the formulation of a national program aimed at the eradication of alcohol and illicit drugs.

It was also decided to formulate a national program through which addiction to drugs such as Babul by schoolchildren can be prevented in a comprehensive manner.

It was also decided to appoint a committee for the formulation of this program.

President Rajapaksa has also directed the officials to start using hi-tech equipment for customs inspections to prevent illicit drugs from entering the country.

It was also decide to revive the Civil Defence Committees with the objective of gaining more public support for this program.

The President ordered the officials to implement the rules and regulations related to alcohol and illicit drugs to the letter.

He also stressed the importance of rehabilitating drug dependents and drug addicts in a plausible manner.

The Mathata Thitha program as enshrined in the Mahinda Chinthana policy aiming at building a just society was effectively implemented across the country and a number of raids were carried out by the law enforcement authorities.

It was disclosed at this meeting that a stock of heroin weighing over 316 kgs was nabbed by the law enforcement authorities last year and over 23,215 persons have been prosecuted for drug related offences during this period.

Over 95,236 litres of illicit liquor was taken into custody by law enforcers and legal action initiated against 95,236 persons.

A consignment of over 81,838 kgs of cannabis was taken into custody by the authorities last year. It was also decided to rehabilitate the drug addicts and dependents who have been remanded, with immediate effect.

It was also disclosed that over 92,000 persons who were addicted to drugs and 82,000 persons who were addicted to smoking were rehabilitated and integrated into the society as normal citizens.





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