anti-drug agency; Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG) last week
trained agents on the Universal Drug Treatment curriculum, held at a hotel in
The training is believed to be a contributor in addressing issues related to drug and substance use disorders and specialized drug addiction treatment services in The Gambia.
Deputy Director General of DLEAG Tijan Bah said the training provides unique opportunity to boost the capacity, professionalism and credentials of the treatment workplace in The Gambia on internationally recognized standards of best practices.
“We are the lead government institution mandated to regulate the use and possession of controlled and prohibited drugs and connected matters,” he said.
He said drugs do not exist in isolation, adding that curbing requires a balanced integrated multi-sectoral approach between supply suppression and drug demand reduction. “This means that the role of law enforcement personnel on the supply front and health care workers, social workers, civil society, media and the public is very important if we are to make meaningful gains,” he emphasized.
Mr. Bah stated that youth are very vulnerable and remained highly affected by this menace, explaining that the impact and burden of this menace on families, education, mental health, public health care system, the judiciary and prisons cannot be over emphasized.
He challenged the selected participants to take the training seriously and to be committed to their common goal of ensuring that they bridle drugs from communities and provide effective and sustainable treatment services.
“The Gambia, just like many other developing countries is highly challenged in terms of specialized drug treatment facilities and services as well as drug addiction specialists,” he said.
Training was organized in partnership with International Centre for Certification and Education (ICCE), Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program (DAP) and The United States Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).