The Government is planning to establish a National Policy to create a drug-free Sri Lanka. A meeting was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today with regard to this policy (12).
The programme will be implemented in keeping with the pledge by the Government to the people to protect future generations from this drug menace.
The President further said that the new Government is paying serious attention to eradicate the drug menace which destroyed our society for long.
The Government is expected to implement a new strategy to eliminate the drug menace.
Many proposals with regard to this were presented and President said immediate steps will be taken to implement them following the Cabinet approval.
While pointing out the importance of educating the public on damages caused by drugs usage, the President emphasized on the need to carry out a national programme to eradicate the harmful drug use.
Special attention was paid on the use of heroin, which is a major problem in our society today. The President stated he would take every possible action to prevent it. Accordingly, rules and laws on heroin will be stricter while a special program to will be initiated at ports and airport, preventing the import of heroin.
A decision was taken to hold a meeting fortnightly, headed by the Minister of Justice on this drugs prevention program. The meeting will also be held once a month with participation of the President to look into the progress of the program.