GIS - 01 December, 2016: The Prime Minister’s Office will approach the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime with a view to elaborating a National Drug Control Master Plan, the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, replied in the National Assembly on 29 November 2016 to a Parliamentary Question relating to minors arrested in connection to drug dealing/trafficking and other drug related offences.
Sir Anerood added that the elaboration of the plan will be done in consultation with all stakeholders, namely the Police Department, the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions and the Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment.
He further added that the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, has already started an extensive national prevention programme since April 2016 in secondary schools with a view to preventing the scourge of drug use among the youth. So far, 869 sensitisation sessions have been carried out in 140 educational institutions and some 21,129 students have benefited therefrom, he underlined.
Furthermore, the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs A. Perraud, had meetings since July 2016 with representatives of relevant Ministries and NGOs in order to take stock of the prevailing situation regarding the use of synthetic drugs among the youth and to discuss about preventive measures, Sir Anerood added.
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