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Strong social opinion against drug consumption needed: President

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President Maithripala Sirisena presents an award to a Civil Defence Department official in recognition of his services to drug prevention. Picture by Sudath Malaweera.

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said all must unite to create a strong opinion in society about preventing drug consumption, which destroys the entire society and increases poverty among the people of the country.

The President made these remarks participating at the Eighth phase of the “Drug Free Country” National Drug Prevention Programme at the Jaffna Outdoor Stadium yesterday

The President requested all to fulfill their duties towards the Motherland and the nation while contributing to the initiatives taken by the Government to build a drug free country.

President Sirisena also pointed out that the most serious social menace that prevails in the North today is the drug menace and all should unite to save the people from this danger.

“In 2015 the people of the Jaffna District spent Rs.2,206 million for drug consumption,” the President said. “Since the beginning of the year to present, 194 kgs of Kerala cannabis has been seized during the drug raids and 13 suspects arrested in this connection. Many of them are between 20 and 25 years of age,” the President added.

The President further said that only through stern regulations, acts and policies, we could control drug dealers. This programme has been jointly organized by the Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention and the Jaffna District Secretariat. During the ceremony, the President pinned official badges on five school students who committed themselves for prevention of drug menace. Minister Sagala Ratnayake, State Ministers V. Radhakrishnan, Vijayakala Maheswaran, Angajan Ramanathan, MP, former Minister Douglas Devananda, State officials, including North District Secretary participated in this event. (Daily News)

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