Accra – The National Narcotics Control Board, in partnership with UNIC Accra, has launched the International Narcotics Control Board report 2013 in Accra with a call on the media to highlight the dangers of illicit drugs and associated crime. According to the Executive Secretary of the National Narcotics Control Board, Mr. Yaw Akrasi Sarpong, the media should spearhead debate fearlessly about illicit drug because “it is a problem in our society which requires a concerted effort by all to curb it”.
The report was launched by the Director of Human Resources of the Ministry of the Interior Madam Christina Edmond on behalf of the Minister. She reiterated the Government of Ghana’s commitment to the shared responsibility of narcotics control.
This is the 45th annual report of the International Narcotic Control Board since its establishment in 1968. The INCB report takes stock of achievements made, challenges faced and additional efforts required to address the global drug problem. This year’s report, which is on the economic consequences of drug abuse, presents evidence on the extent of economic and social cost of drug abuse in several areas such as health, public safety, crime, productivity and governance. It therefore urges governments and institutions all over the world to join efforts in implementing cost-effective prevention policies and treatment programmes. For further information on the report, please visit: http://www.incb.org/incb/en/news/AR2013/annual_report_2013.html