Stakeholders tackle drugs in CI

Because ‘there is nothing out there that is potentially more dangerous to our community,’ the Ministry of Health and Human Services, and the National Drug Council, held a planning session to address the demand, and supply reduction, of drugs in the Cayman Islands.

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National Drug Council Executive Director Joan West-Dacres welcomes the Draft National Anti-Drug Strategy planning meeting participants. Photo: Submitted

In opening the Draft National Anti-Drug Strategy meeting, Minister Anthony Eden, noted the goal: To integrate the approaches taken by officials, stakeholders, partners and individuals. This, therefore, would allow Cayman to more effectively ‘tackle this serious and complex issue.’

‘There is nothing out there potentially more dangerous to our community than drug-abuse and trafficking,’ Minister Eden asserted.

The session, which was held 8-9 October at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, was facilitated by Dr. Ken-Garfield Douglas, an international drug abuse consultant to Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission/ Organisation of American States, the Caribbean Community and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as well as the Chairman of the Technical Advisory Body for the Regional Drug Demand Reduction Strategy at CARICOM.

Attending the opening were Governor Stuart Jack, the ministry’s Acting Chief Officer Leonard Dilbert, the NDC’s Executive Director Joan West-Dacres and Chair Julene Ebanks and public- and private-sector participants.

In his presentation, Mr. Douglas provided an overview about international, regional and local-level drug-control efforts. He also explained the purpose and need for a national strategy.

At the end, he encouraged participants to ‘be frank, be honest, be insightful and be productive, so that we would be able to build a comprehensive framework for tackling the drug problem in the Cayman Islands.’

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