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Liberia observes International Drugs Day

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President George Manneh Weah has by Proclamation declared Wednesday, June 26, 2019 as International Drugs Day and is to be observed throughout the Republic as a Working Holiday.

The Proclamation calls on all citizens, government ministries and agencies as well as international organizations concerned to join the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in executing appropriate programs befitting the occasion.

According to the Proclamation, the Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA) will join other international drugs enforcement institutions worldwide, the international community in the celebration of this Year’s International Day Against Drugs Abuse and its Illicit Trafficking under the international theme: “Health for Justice, Justice for Health” and National theme: “Eliminate Drugs from Liberia”, which will take place at the Monrovia City Hall, Sinkor, Monrovia.
Drugs abuse and its illicit trafficking have posed major problems to the human race and millions of people worldwide continue to be affected directly and indirectly.

The observance of the day is intended to create awareness of the devastating effects of illicit drugs on individuals and families and to mobilize communities and other stakeholders against the use of such substances.

On December 7, 1987, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted Resolution 42/112, which set aside the 26th day of June of each year as International Day against Illicit Trafficking of Drugs and other Substances of Abuse to be celebrated worldwide.

In the same vein, the Government of Liberia, by an Act of the National Legislature adopted in 1999, created the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) with the authority to combat the importation, illicit trafficking and use of dangerous drugs.–Press release

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