Addressing drug use and drug addiction as any other health disorder: i.e. by implementing drug use prevention interventions and providing drug dependence treatment and care services, which are based on scientific evidence and on ethical standards.
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Drug Demand Reduction Strategy
The BPDC, in collaboration with and support of its partner agencies, has institutionalized and is continually implementing the Public Information and Liaison Team (PILT) Programme, intended to advocate among the youth the ill effects of drug abuse, and get their active participation in the advocacy efforts. It has also continually conducted seminars and symposia on drug abuse prevention and control in different communities in the country.
The aim is to take people away from abusing dangerous drugs and controlled substances and reduce their desire to abuse drugs. This is being done through development and implementation of preventive education programmes for different target groups; adoption and utilization of effective treatment and rehabilitation and after-care programmes; and the continuous conduct of research on vital aspects of the drug abuse problem.
• Preventive Education Programmes and Activities
• Capability Building
• Treatment and Rehabilitation (Addiction Recovery)
• Relevant Researches and Studies
Civic Awareness and Response Strategy
Efforts in advocating the harmful effects of drugs to the people, the communities and the public in general have been continuously and vigorously conducted. The impact of these efforts has been among the factors that have contributed to the decrease in the number of drug users in the country. Cooperation with the non-governmental and private sector has also been maintained. We also participate in the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADAIT) held every 26th of June.
The concept is to increase community awareness and social responsibility on the ill effects of dangerous drugs, and to advocate social response by the promotion of the non-use of dangerous drugs through community information and development activities; observance of special events; production, publication and distribution of IEC materials; implementation of public communication strategies through press conferences, press releases, television and radio guestings, and community/family participation.
- Drug-free radio shows (Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign)
- Creating drug-free clubs
- Campus Tours of PILT (BPDC anti-drug abuse educators)
- Commemoration of ‘World Drug Day’
- Exchange Programme
- Production of IEC materials
- Production of PSAs and AVPs
- Regional and International Cooperation Strategy
On regional and international cooperation, continuing cooperative efforts, particularly in capability building, have been instituted and effected between and among partner agencies in various countries to enhance the skills and knowledge of personnel involved in drug law enforcement, treatment and rehabilitation and advocacy efforts.
The intent is to forge and foster cooperation with regional and international agencies and counterparts. Partnerships involve adherence to treatise, signing of memoranda of understanding and agreement, conduct of tie-up projects, attendance in foreign conferences, exchange of drug reports, hosting of study tours and field visits, and participation in drug-related international efforts.
• Exchange of data on drug abuse prevention and control
• Hosting Assemblies and Trainings
• Volunteer Internship Placement
• Supporting Ghana anti-drug abuse campaign workers