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Three-pronged approach to eradicate drug menace

Public Security Minister Rear Admiral (Rtd) Sarath Weerasekara said that a three-pronged approach will be implemented to eradicate the drug menace from Sri Lanka.

He was speaking at a meeting with the Heads of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) at the Ministry.

The Minister said that the first step is to prevent the arrival of drugs and the second is to educate schoolchildren on the dangers of using drugs to eliminate the demand for drugs and the third is to rehabilitate drug users and provide them with vocational training.

The Minister asked the UN representatives what assistance they could provide to support this initiative.

He informed the delegates that narcotics are being smuggled into Sri Lanka through countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

The UNODC representatives told the Minister that satellites could be used to monitor boats that carry drugs and notify the authorities.

They told the Minister that scanners and other modern technologies could be introduced to detect drugs.

Ministry Secretary Major General Jagath Alwis said that the main drug traffickers in Sri Lanka have been identified, and they are operating from Dubai. He urged the UN officials to provide assistance to deal with them.

Head of the UN Global Maritime Crime Offenses Programme Alan Cole and Head of the Sri Lanka and the Maldives Programme Office Troll Wester participated.