AG plans to redouble efforts against drug trade

Barbados says it will redouble efforts to stamp out the illegal drug trade, even as it pledges to improve treatment for those who fall victim to the scourge.

As the island joined the rest of the world celebrating the International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking today, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite expressed concern that drug trafficking remained one of the greatest menaces to the social and economic stability of the region and this requires effective measures to counteract the threat.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite

“Drug abuse is responsible for a significant proportion of the dysfunction seen in households in Barbados today.”

He stressed that efforts must centre on preventing the trade, as well as the holistic treatment and remediation of families impacted by drug abuse.

“We will continue to work with the Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development in seeking to eradicate the factors that predispose many of our people to falling victim to drug use disorders. We will also work closely with the Ministry of Health in finding new and effective ways of treating those affected in this manner.”

The Attorney General also pledged to create and implement targeted programmes and enact appropriate legislation to arrest the problem.

“The Government of Barbados is resolute in its determination to participate meaningfully in this fight and will do all that is possible to prevent and treat drug use disorders.”


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