The Government of the Republic of Zambia has expressed delight and reassured continued support on measures taken by the Drug Enforcement Commission in the fight against illicit drugs and money laundering. Speaking during the launch of the World International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit trafficking, Home Affairs Minister Mr Honourable Stephen Kampyongo emphasized the role of the family as a primary prevention stage for drug and substance abuse among children and adolescents which resonates and compliments the family and parenting program.
The Drug Enforcement Commission through the NECD launched the Family and Parenting Skills Programme in 2017 in order to tackle the problem of drug abuse at house hold level with a set of well suited interventions in line with best practices worldwide.
The programme was implemented after psychoanalysis of the majority of young people the Commission dealt with in the past through counselling which revealed that parental negligence and lack of care contributed to the abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol.
Research and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recommendations has further revealed that the major determinant of drug and alcohol abuse is the family. The programme provides skills and trainingfor parents and families as a whole to help prevent alcohol and drug abuse.
“Government notes with concern cases of heroin use in combination with cannabis which has been on the increase with the majority of abusers being young boys and girls as young as 13 years old who indulge in substance abuse in the confines of their parents/guardians’ homes,” said Hon. Kampyongo.
The Minister further emphasized the need to improve the understanding of the world drug problem and provide better knowledge in line with this year’s commemorations of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking which was under the theme “Better Knowledge for Better Care” that will foster greater international cooperation for countering the impact of illicit substance abuse on health, governance and security.
Honorable Kampyongo extolled the Commission for an excellent social media campaign in the midst of COVID 19 pandemic which engaged a lot of youths to develop their passions and keep away from drug and substance abuse.