Drug addicts rehabilitation centers have been opened paying greater focus to Colombo, Kandy, Galle and Gampaha Districts, under a notion of the Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The latest rehabilitation centre including counseling services and residential treatment facilities for the drug addicts was opened in Kandalkadu, Polonnaruwa, said the Assistant Director (Research) of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB) Ms. Badhrani Senanayaka, speaking at a media conference held at the Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development yesterday (June 25).
NDDCB is the pioneer Government Institution which discharges its functions with an aim to eradicate the drug menace from Sri Lanka. Among its other functions, providing treatment to the drug addicts and rehabilitation of drug addicts are main roles of the NDDCB.
Twenty sixth of June is the 'International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking'. Hence, implementing the vision of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to create a drug-free Sri Lanka, we have organized a function themed "Towards the Victory with a Collective Effort" to mark the day under the purview of the Secretary Defence Mr. Rajapaksa at the Centre for Banking Studies, Central Bank of Sri Lanka in Rajagiriya, she informed.
State institutions such as the Attorney General's Department, Tri-forces, Police and Sri Lanka Customs etc. are supporting us in various means in this regard, she added. Ms. Senanayaka attributed the considerable increase in arrests of racketeers to the dedicated service of the Police, Tri-Forces and other respective authorities.
Requesting public support towards the efforts of the NDDCB to rid the country of drugs and save its people from the harmful effects of drug use she said members of the public could contact the NDDCB through 0112077778 and 1984 for more information in this regard.