Int’l Day against Drug Abuse and Illegal Trafficking tomorrow

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DHAKA, June 25, 2019 (BSS) – The International Day against Drug Abuse and
Illegal Trafficking will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world
tomorrow with a call to launch a united movement against the menace.

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate
messages on the occasion urging all concerned to work along with the
government to prevent drug abuse.

In his message, the President said the present government has taken zero
tolerance policy against the drug and its illicit trafficking and a large
section of drug traders has already been brought under the law.

At the same time, the existing laws have been updated, he said, stressing
the need for beefing up surveillance of law enforcement agencies along the
coastal belt and border areas to prevent illegal trading of drug.

Laying emphasis on creating awareness among the youth community about the
harmful consequences of drug, he said family can play vital role in this
regard as strong family bondage helps keep children away of drug abuse.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the government has
initiated many programmes, including stringent execution of the anti-drug law
for protecting the country and its people from the drug abuse and its
trafficking.

“It is not possible to face drug abuse and its illegal trafficking by a
country or organization alone as it is an international problem. I think that
united efforts at national and international level can help face this menace
properly,” said the Prime Minister.

The country and the nation must be saved from the drug abuse, she said,
adding that drug supply and trafficking must be curbed at any cost.

Stressing the need for creating awareness about the bad effects of drug
abuse, the Prime Minister said awareness campaign is being intensified at
offices, educational institutions, village and rural areas and it is becoming
a social movement across the country.

“I urge all to work along with the government to prevent drug abuse for
building a golden Bangladesh as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she said.

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