Public participation key to drug-free future for our communities

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  • Drug addiction is an ugly foe that ruins lives. It is not a new problem.
    Sometime, people who had their lives destroyed by drug create problem for their communities. So once a person is addicted to drug, it is not only him and his family but his society is also affected.
    It is our duty to help them back on their feet and provide support. It is something everyone can collaborate in. It doesn’t matter what race you are, what religion you follow or what political stance you’ve taken; it concerns humanity and compassion and the stabilization of our community and environment.
    Drug addiction is not our country’s problem only. It is a problem for the whole world. For a developing country like Myanmar, it may seem that the problem is much more intense and difficult but due to our people’s enthusiastic spirit of sharing, we have some advantages.
    Mental and physical trauma caused by addictions can contribute to higher drug use. Ministry of Health and Sports established 26 major drug treatment centers and 47 minor drug treatment centers throughout the country.
    The challenge is how can we effectively help the users not to return to drug after they stopped usage of drug.
    To overcome the challenge, we have to make them rely, trust and depend on their family and friends instead. That is why, the government has opened up drug rehabilitation centre based on the people and community. Meanwhile, we need to make more efforts for providing them with vocational skills so that the addicts do not return to drugs.
    State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said during her visit to the Drug Rehabilitation Centre in Myitkyina, on 19 October that “This is a rehabilitation centre that everyone can participate in. Their participation is also important. We will have to use every way to make this centre a success. For this centre to be successful, drug addicts must be free from their addictions, return to their own communities and become people that not only benefit themselves or the community but also the country.”
    Nothing would be successful without the enthusiastic participation of the people.
    The rehabilitation of drug addicts supports the rule of law in the country and socio-economic development and thus is one of the priority works. If we take these steps together, we can save the lives of countless people in all corners of the country.
    We looks forward to working with parents, volunteers, philanthropic organizations, civil society organizations and the public to strengthening our communities, protect our families and deliver a drug-free future for all of our children.
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