UN to hold spe­cial ses­sion on drugs Apr 2016

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Wor­ried the in­creas­ing drug prob­lem world­wide in­clud­ing con­sump­tion and traf­fick­ing, the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly (UNGASS) would in April next year, hold a Spe­cial Ses­sion on the re­sponse to the world drug prob­lem.

Prof. Isi­dore S. Obot, Di­rec­tor,

by Cen­tre for Re­search and In­for­ma­tion on Sub­stance Abuse (CRISA), made the rev­e­la­tion at the open­ing of the 2nd Na­tional Sym­po­sium on Drugs and Drugs Pol­icy in Nige­ria held in Abuja.

He said the sym­po­sium, which seeks ways of re­spond­ing ef­fec­tively to our drug prob­lem through ap­pro­pri­ate pol­icy frame­works, is to as­sist par­tic­i­pants to per­form bet­ter in what it is they do in drug de­mand re­duc­tion.

“To­day Nige­ria is faced with a sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem of use and mis­use of a wide va­ri­ety of psy­choac­tive sub­stances with the po­ten­tial of caus­ing a host of neg­a­tive con­se­quences to the in­di­vid­ual, fam­ily, com­mu­nity and so­ci­ety at large,” he said.

Ag. Euro­pean Union Head of Co­op­er­a­tion, Juan Urteaga-Casla, in his re­marks, said the project “Re­sponse to drugs and re­lated crime in Nige­ria” was funded by EU with 36 mil­lion euro and im­ple­mented by the UN Of­fice on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) over a pe­riod of 5 years.

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