Sunday 25 October, 2020

Over 130 Jamaicans trained in US partnership against drug abuse

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The US Embassy through its International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL) sponsored a series of capacity building programmes in a joint effort to reduce drug abuse in Jamaica.

From July 6 to 20, over 130 medical professionals from across the island, including counsellors from the Bellevue Hospital and the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), an agency within the Ministry of Health & Wellness, were equipped with technical skills and tools required to treat patients confronting substance misuse and other mental health disorders.  

This programme sought to establish specialised drug treatment, within the island’s only mental health hospital, where over 80 percent of patients require specialized drug treatment, to support their recovery from mental health disorders.  

As part of the US Government’s efforts to reduce drug demand, INL has provided approximately $3.1 million dollars in assistance, to the NCDA.

This effort is part of a comprehensive drug strategy to reduce illicit drug supply, prevent and treat substance misuse disorders.  Other INL-supported initiatives with the NCDA include a public education campaign, an anti-drug digital campaign for children and adolescents, and the provision of alcohol and drug testing kits. INL continues to be a proud partner of the NCDA, the leading government agency responsible for reducing illicit drug demand in Jamaica. 

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