DRUG PREVENTION AND TREATMENT ORGANIZATIONS BETTER EQUIPPED TO DEAL WITH SYNTHETIC DRUGS AND PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES
4TH April, 2018
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (KYSS FM) – Delegates representing drug prevention and treatment organizations and law enforcement agencies are currently engaged in a three-day National Seminar on Synthetic Drugs and Novel Psychoactive Substances at the Doreen McMahon Conference Room at the Customs and Excise Department in Bird Rock.
The workshop, which runs from April 3-5, is facilitated by the Organization of American States (OAS).
The participants have been drawn from Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise Department, the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, St. Kitts-Nevis Bureau of Standards, Ministry of Health, Drug Prevention and Treatment Services and the National Council on Drug Abuse Prevention.
At the start of the programme, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Osmond Petty, said that the issue of drugs in St. Kitts and Nevis is a serious issue therefore the workshop will play a key role in raising awareness among those working to combat drug use and distribution and aid in preventing other drugs being introduced locally.
Organisers have pointed out that the workshop is geared towards identifying other dangerous drugs, the dangers associated with their use and their highly addictive nature.
The workshop will also examine the legal implications and requirements to control these drugs and how best to sensitize the local agencies charged with raising awareness and dealing with the fallout of the drug problem.
It was also acknowledged by PS Petty in his presentation that drugs have a close link with the endemic national crime crisis and added that drugs have been inextricably linked to several homicides, gun related and other crimes.