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The President instructs to implement a special program to rehabilitate drug addicted children

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 10, 2019 19:24

The President instructs to implement a special program to rehabilitate drug addicted children

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the National Rehabilitation Authority for Drug addicts to implement a special programme at the provincial level to rehabilitate the drug addicts in the country, as around 150,000 children under the age of 18 years are reported to be the victims of this menace.
The report of the survey jointly conducted by the Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention, National Dangerous Drugs Control Board and the Police recently handed over to the President and the data further revealed that around 6,100 children who are under the age of 18 years have been addicted to heroin. According to the survey, nearly 100,000 consume heroine daily and out of that approximately 1,500 persons are women and the number of male persons are 85,000. Furthermore, 300,000 people addicted to cannabis and out of this 1,500 are women. A total of 40,846 suspects have been arrested in connection to the illegal drugs trafficking during past six months under the special operation carried out by the directions of the National Drug Prevention Program. More than 3500 kilograms of illegal drugs have been found. Special operations are underway to identify and impound avenues used to bring drugs into the country. President has instructed relevant officials to amend existing excise laws to strengthen the ongoing illegal drug controlling activities and the present the same to the Cabinet by next week.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 10, 2019 19:24

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